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Updated December 5, 2018
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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Very mature culture.
    A lot of freedom to do the work the way you want.
    Company does a lot of things for public good which makes you proud to work for them.
    Loads of possibilities for internal move.
    Everyone is smart and nice, did not see any egos.
    I loved working there!

    Cons

    Some systems are archaic.
    Each team only gets to promote a few people per year which means if you are on a team full of superstars you may have to wait a while for a promotion.
    There are gaps in HR that are not covered by anyone and on many occasions when you have a question you are sent from person to person.

    Advice to Management

    Improve promotion system.


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    "Company culture and opportunity is excellent."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remuneration, opportunities to work in different roles, encouragement to grow. Excellent company culture, does a great deal of "giving back". Management that inspire confidence. A lot of great technical opportunities and plenty of scope to do things you love - if you can find the time...

    Cons

    In sales roles there is relentless focus on reporting. Unrealistic recent sales targets in the cloud business are getting to be silly. Minor gripe: having the UK main office in Reading is a pain. It's hard to get to, miles from all our customers, so you end up always trying to arrange meetings in the London office which is massively overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the commitment to the company values and ethos, it's making for a great place to work. Get a bigger London office!

  3. "Great People Great Company until..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Premier Field Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Premier Field Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Access to training, opportunities to travel and amazing colleagues at your level, but don't try and question a manager or contact HR

    Cons

    HR process, Yearly review system, unfair treatment of people with kids who would like to see them

    Advice to Management

    Listen a little more to the man on the ground


  4. "Sales Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Inclusive and diverse culture. A lot of very smart and talented people. Innovative services - company makes huge investments into cloud services not just pushing adds on it.

    Cons

    Sometimes - especially when working with HQ in Redmond, there is a feeling that people more thinking about their jobs than doing right thinks for a company. "Satisfying a boss" culture is more common than "challenging a boss" which is not always beneficial for a field teams, customers and partners.

    Advice to Management

    Keep challenging teams on "having a backbone" culture. Create and nurture an environment where coming with constructive disagreement is appreciated and not doing so when it is right thing to do is not tolerable.


  5. "Student Partner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Student Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Really nice team , good job prospects

    Cons

    - No real disadvantage, big company.


  6. "Best for architects, not great for sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good visibility for architects
    - promotion opportunities

    Cons

    - overlap in roles
    - No clear goals

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the company aligning with market & customers


  7. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Chief Operating Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Chief Operating Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place, lovely people

    Cons

    Nothing is to fault in this company, great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    The best so far

  8. "Very good company to work and live"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Junior Software Engineer in Newyork, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Junior Software Engineer in Newyork, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Very good company to work and live

    Cons

    Nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Advice to Management

    Every very good keep going like this


  9. "MSR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, perks, incredible people

    Cons

    nothing to complain about yet


  10. "Work ethic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a very good work ethic, can commit.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to sustain.


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