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Updated September 25, 2018
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  1. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 (1)

    "Global success story marred by issues in regional office"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, brand and people are proud to work there. Visionary leadership from the CEO and the stock price is great too

    Cons

    There appears to be some shady politics in the local office. There’s a lot of emphasis on “internal selling” over getting great results. More disturbingly, recently I’ve seen some good people who appeared to be performing well suddenly disappear without explanation. Also some promotions of people who don’t necessarily have the right skills but do have the right internal connections. This should not be happening in a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate what’s going on in your regional offices and follow up on MSPoll feedback. Something is off.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company on good track however the Consulting Services business is unethical"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Ryde (Australia)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Ryde (Australia)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company is getting better every day. Love the openness and growth mindset culture.

    Cons

    Microsoft product teams are all about deploying the right solutions for the customer. However the Consulting Services organization demands that their staff deploy solutions that increase billable time. When challenged we're told not to think but do what we're told and that revenue is more important than the deploying the right solution. Utilization based incentives drive the wrong behavior. When engagements are completed in a fraction of the time allocated, we are told to perform work slower otherwise we'll be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Shutdown the consulting services business


  4. "Over paid for basic execution tasks"

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    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Poor management - lack of real leaders
    Lack of career progression
    Makes everything complicated
    Management have club mentality

    Advice to Management

    Lead
    Cut back on powerpoint
    Set agenda and expected outcomes for meetings


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

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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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. "Reasonable company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Good company to start career"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "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 .....


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