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Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

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  1. "Best Place to works"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Design Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really awesome company to work really enjoyed

    Cons

    I FOUND NO CONS FOR THIS COMPANY

    Advice to Management

    NO advice


  2. "Business Development Representative in DACH Region"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative In DACH Region in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative In DACH Region in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lovely lovely People, helpfull, they teached you from the start until the end.

    Cons

    there no cons or there was nothing bad about Microsoft. only the salary was a bit low

  3. "Great place to work hampered by contract rather than fte status"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Partner Business Development Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Partner Business Development Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing workplace and staff, thought leadership in a great company, engaging work with partner companies and a great amount of training available

    Cons

    Contractors not treated well compared to regular staff, no flexible working, much lower salaries, less chance of career progression, no benefits


  4. "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, respectful culture. Treats employees respectfully. Lots of opportunity for employees that are prepared to manage their own careers and take the initiative.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic. lots of lengthy reviews. also, internal data/ analytics is mixed so you may spend a lot of time reviewing unreliable data.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to further cut down the bureaucracy and empower employees with great, reliable data. Also, try to take a more long term view, and not re-invent the company every fiscal year.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Contracting at MSFT - the most soul destroyong experience of my entire career"

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    Current Contractor - Executive Assistant in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Executive Assistant in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus
    No one cares if you turn up - work/life balance is what you make of it

    Cons

    Contractors made to feel like 'second class citizens' and considered by most to be 'deserving poor'
    Statutory sick pay only (way below benefits offered at similar organisations)
    Contractors have no respect within FTE community (they actually refer to us as 'dash trash') making it very difficult to do the simplest tasks
    Administration and contract staff not valued by corporate
    No progression or development
    No pay reviews
    Dire lack of oportunity when compared with FTE community
    No benefits
    No job security
    Lowest paid employees expected to pay for upskilling in Microsoft products whilst those on much higher incomes receive all the free learning they can handle.

    Advice to Management

    Realise that Cortana is not a suitable replacement for an experienced EA and treat your contractors like human beings. Stop just talking about empowering everyone and championing equality and actually do it instead of putting so much effort into circumventing employment law for your lowest paid contributors. Realise that there is very little point in undertaking an exercise in establishing the gender pay gap figures if you are just going to whitewash it - all we learn from that is that Microsoft will say anything to look good but don't care about taking action to make things better.


  6. "Fabulous company, stop the cost cutting"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly flexible, amazing co-workers, collaborative culture and environment, employees treated with respect

    Cons

    Invest in the infrastructure - the restaurants in TVP have deteriorated beyond recognition drastically over the last year (unless you like cheap sausages), bring your own device with mobile phones is a great idea if there's a regular payment to employees to fund. The offices in TVP need a revamp, they are looking tired. Would be good to sort out the awful toilet situation, they don't flush.....

    Advice to Management

    Stop cost cutting - bring your own device (mobile phones) is fine if you are also making a payment towards the phone! Unbelievable that employees have to pay for their own device to use for work purposes!


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, open environment build on trust

    Cons

    Can't think of anything negative.

  8. "Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud
    Great salary
    worldwide reputation
    great team
    great leaders
    increasing stock price

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    competitiveness
    limited career opportunities
    old-fashioned people
    overwhelmed people with overwork

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good all-rounder"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive salary, great culture. Fairly easy to move around the organisation and try different roles. Flexible ways of working.

    Cons

    Lots of change meaning less job security; heavy on process


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Resource Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resource Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Resource Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere on the UK Campus. They look after their staff very well, with the benefits scheme very useful. Never seem to be understaffed in office based positions, so workload is always manageable

    Cons

    Do not seem to be the best in terms of high salary. Development is encouraged but can seem without direction. Very difficult to be noticed among the large number of employees. Level system can mean a suitable candidate is overlooked because they are looking to jump more than 1 or 2 levels at once.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise them to look at the achievements and suggestions team members can have. Even if they are not used overall, acknowledgement of them would go a long way.


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