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Updated July 25, 2018
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  1. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible work environment that promotes flexibility. The culture is awesome, and people are generally helpful, and want you to be successful. As an intern, I was given responsibility from day one, and was given heaps of autonomy.

    Cons

    Often the work environment is ambiguous and unstructured. This has forced me to adapt to change on a regular basis.

    One negative point is that the office is in North Ryde.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work as an intern, but greater career mentorship and structure to the program would assist in career development.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Regional lags behind corporate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great strategic vision at a company level. Products are best-in-class and its a company you feel proud to work for.

    Cons

    Pockets of politics in regional locations which are much more like the "old" Microsoft where impressing your manager seems to matter more than executing on our strategic vision. We were told this would improve with the restructure but it has not really happened - hurting our results. Also, compensation and benefits lag behind competitors, which is making it harder to attract [and retain] top talent. Finally, many customers find it difficult to do business with us [licensing].

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you get middle managers who are truly committed to the company vision, values and goals, rather than puffing up their internal reports. Fix the compensation - we can more than afford it with our continued success. Simplify licensing [I know this is hard] and give customers and us a clear roadmap on how this will occur.

  3. "Great leader (Satya Nadella) with clear growth strategies in place."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible work hours, and leading the way in tech.

    Cons

    Growth is in Azure related IT infrasture and the hardware side of the business is losing focus.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Field Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Field Support Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Field Support Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's such a big company that even if your direct report doesn't care about you, there are processes in place to ensure you're adequately taken care of. Not to mention the constant stimulation of a multinational tech giant, every week there's something new to learn or discover that your company made.

    Cons

    The internal politics from Ballmer days are still lingering in most departments, Satya has made great progress but until the old management is fully cleaned out this will continue to be a problem. The other con is getting something done without precedent, this takes so long that most FTEs just don't put the effort into it anymore and accept it as status quo. Big company, slow moving.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the customer, less about your boss and people will start to work more collaboratively.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not what I thought it would be"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name on your CV
    Competitive remuneration package

    Cons

    Chronically detached management. There's a good chance you manager will have absolutely no idea what your team does because they're a professional manager, not an expert in their field.
    The feeling that a lot of what you're targeted with doing would happen anyway whether you were there or not.
    A lot of people that work at Microsoft are rather up themselves about the fact that they work for Microsoft.
    Ridiculous Microsoftspeak (where the rubber hits the road, swim in your think tank, this idea isn't fully baked etc, etc). I spent a lot of time biting my lip wanting to give those responsible for such nonsense a good slap.

    Advice to Management

    Every level of management at Microsoft sucks up mercilessly to the one above it because that's the person that decides your bonus. Man up a bit to constructive criticism and end the rabid favoritism that is sadly endemic to the organization.


  6. "Reasonable company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement in company

    Cons

    High work load and pressure


  7. "Good company to start career"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to start career

    Cons

    too many processes and policies

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Senior Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and the world is a very good place to

    Cons

    Politics is too much to do with the work.......good much layers .....


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Premier Field Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm people
    Good culture
    Learn a lot at the beginning of the role

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are a bit lacking compared to other tech companies in Australia.
    Too much work and stress. Almost every PFE has this haggard look with dark circles around their eyes. It's no coincidence.
    Need to be a jack of all trades: Deep and wide technical knowledge, soft skills with clients, understanding of the inner workings of the business, able to 'sell' products. Although all these skills are required, once again, the compensation is quite poor.
    Company provided computers are not sufficient for technical work. They are specced way too low.
    PFE Role feels like an afterthought to the rest of the business.
    Not much opportunity for growth internally as the max level of a PFE caps out very low compared to other roles.

    Advice to Management

    You are sitting on a very talented pool of engineers that are growing more and more dissatisfied with their roles. Treat them well or lose them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Contracting at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Talent Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Talent Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with smart people and it is a fast paced and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    There is a large proportion of contingent staff and you are made to feel less worthy than permanent employees. There was a distinct division between the two and yet often we were doing exactly the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Understand why there is a strategy for high level of contingent staff but explore ways of motivating/retaining them and recognising their work.


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