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Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Great Company To Work For!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Internship in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Internship in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive culture, everyone is very approachable and willing to help
    Filled with really intelligent, down to earth people
    Personal/professional development is very much encouraged
    You can get involved in any part of the business you are interested in within your free time
    Lots of opportunity to move around internally

    Cons

    Pay could be a little higher for the internship, a tad low compared with other organisations
    A few managers have far too many direct reports in my opinion

    Advice to Management

    Arrange more learning and development sessions from different parts of the business for early-in-career employees. Also some more roundtables with senior leadership.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft first 3 years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, great story around diversity, inclusion and culture, great products, and very clear mission/strategy, reasonable pay (in good year).

    Cons

    High workload, bonkers amount of tools (getting better), no on boarding, lack of structured training, networking is key to get on, loads of process still, ghost of old Microsoft hanging about.

    Advice to Management

    Get on boarding and training improved, help managers be people not spreadsheet managers.

  3. "Great location, people and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Security Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Security Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, facilities, good location. Management allow you to schedule your own diary and plan your schedule.

    Cons

    If you take your foot of the gas, it may be time to leave sooner than you think. Lots of Alpha types that will walk over you if you give them the chance.

    Advice to Management

    Managers could spend more time with their staff to help motivate and retain them and assist where there are roadblocks.


  4. "Encourage work from home"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible , good opportunity for great trainings

    Cons

    Micro management, evaluation system unfair


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't expect anyone to help you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a philanthropic nature. Very flexible work environment. Good benefits. Hugely successful company both historically and looking to the future.

    Cons

    Brutally cost conscious. Profit is everything. Lots of care taken about the company's image externally, no support for individuals who work there. You have to be comfortable being entirely self-sufficient to be happy working here. It's not as great a company to have on your CV as you may think.


  6. "I worked at Microsoft for 20 years +"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, flexible working, excellent benefits

    Cons

    The only constant is change, with a regular cadence and sometimes disruptive reorganisations (and redundancies)

    Advice to Management

    Keep thing more stable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. "Treat contractor very badly"

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    Former Contractor - Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products, great vision, some of the people are really great to work with.

    Cons

    Senior leadership team (SLT) and SLT -1 management levels are terrible. Very low emotional intelligence in this company, in the middle management especially, some are simply rude to colleagues. There is a "look are yourself", "tread on others on your way up" culture (in the UK). Teamwork doesn't exist.

    Opportunities to innovate are shut down because this means doing something different.

    That's not my job so I'm not going to help - I heard that several times.
    That's not your job (suggesting a new idea) just do what your job spec says. Heard this too.

    In the subsidiaries (UK) you are told what to do by Corporate and given no opportunity to innovate. In fact, if you make suggestions, you are seen as a troublemaker.

    Contract staff have a maximum 18 month tenure, then must leave for 6 months - so no career development for contract staff. And you will be treated less well than FTE (excluded from events and company announcements, can't access the info you need to do your job, looked down on by middle and senior managers and your FTE colleagues - your opinion isn't valued, even if you are smarter than other in the team).

    Advice to Management

    SLT need to learn how to get the most out of the people in their teams. Stamp out the 80's style macho, self-centred culture.

    Give people with ideas the space to develop these.


  9. "Dissapointing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The vision of CEO and product strategy supporting this are great.
    Flexible working.

    Cons

    Remove brain before entering - you are not expected or appreciated if you think for yourself. This may be different in headquarters, but in the UK sub, creativity and innovation are not appreciated.

    Some people make a career by playing the political, corporate game, but they are empty vessels - lost the ability to think for themselves, only able to work in Microsoft or similar large coprorations.

    Most employees drink the koolaid and believe everything they are told by the senior managers, and lose track of how to add value in their role - just do what they're told.

    Thames Valley Park is 5 office surrounded by reality - to misquote Paul Kanter.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the deadwood middle managers. Deal with the lack of teamwork. Reward employees for voicing their ideas. Make it a fun, rewarding place to work.


  10. "Marketing Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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