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Updated August 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Evangelist in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Evangelist in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for growth, they are very supportive of employees and genuinely care. The work is interesting and worthwhile.

    Cons

    A big complex company that's hard to navigate and understand. The quality of your manager can really impact your career path, they need to be proactive and willing to stand up for you to ensure you get bonuses and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if there were less leadership meetings and more actual leadership in the middle management.


  2. "Marketing Lead"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Lead in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Lead in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, good campus, good benefits.

    Cons

    Annual somewhat random and disruptive reorganisations (and redundancies)

    Advice to Management

    Keep things more stable

  3. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great brand. Global Reach.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work as a woman. Full of middle aged white men who golf.


  4. "Incompetent middle line managers"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great energy and positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Too many incompetent managers caught in stupid politics. Neputism and corrupt in many ways. MS would need to focus on getting rid of the internal problems that have been going on for too long


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Account Managet in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Managet in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and new products by the bucket

    Cons

    Too big, too much red tape, too many people who can only operate a handbrake

    Advice to Management

    Get external talent


  6. "Program manager"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great offices
    Good people
    Good salary packages

    Cons

    A bit more beauracratic than other top tech companies

    Advice to Management

    Reduce hierarchies and promote risk taking and innovation


  7. "Right direction but middle management needs to change"

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    Current Employee - Business Strategy Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Strategy Analyst in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Variety of business
    Opportunities within the business

    Cons

    Does not have a culture of developing good people managers

  8. "Nice people"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, great cloud products

    Cons

    None identified at this time


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices, great people would recommend

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good company, a lot of politics"

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'd recommend Microsoft to potential employees, pay is below industrial average compared to other IT organisations but you do get a great deal of freedom in terms of flexibility of working from the office, customer location or home which I would not want to give up. Benefits beyond pay such as pension, life insurance policies and car allowance are significant. If you are good at politically managing your career you can excel rapidly. Company is always doing interesting things with technology.

    Cons

    While I mention work flexibility is good, the dark side to this is virtually everyone I knew, to keep up with the high intensity of work was working at least some evenings and the occasional weekend just to keep everything moving and just to keep on top of their Inbox.

    Promotion and acceleration at the company is all about who you know, who is your supporter and at the end of the day very much based on how liked you are by the senior leaders. The vast majority of people at MS are top performers but promotions are more strongly linked to your political maneuvering than the quality of your work.

    MS is constantly changing its review method, they went from stack ranking which was a negative experience, to now giving you and end of year assessment but not telling you how you are 'stack ranked' even though they still essentially rank you to decide your bonus level as an example.

    I have seen several people brutally pushed out of the company, so if they want to get rid of you there is not much you can do.

    My advice; don't join the rate race. Get a job at MS, do what you need to do to perform positively and keep your job and then go home in the evenings and weekends and spend time with your family, friends and loved ones if you value that higher than senior positions/higher pay. You will always just be a little fish that they are bleeding dry to get everything out of you and then reward you with small treats to keep 'addicted' to want to constantly run in the rat race...

    Advice to Management

    Sataya's leadership is a postive change, MS is heading in a positive direction but if you are constantly going to advertise how much MS makes per quarter (billions) the least you can do is pay your employees the average industrial rate. Also, many times it is said that there is a lack of budget to promote people, well again, if you are making billions it dosen't really stack up that there is a lack of budget.

    Aim to make the promotion cycle more strongly based on actual merit of your role, rather than politics.


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