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Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "Marketer"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working - Open & encouraging environment - Great culture

    Cons

    Two tier employment system. Contractors doing the same amount of work, if not more to secure their role, but not included in away days, where they'd ultimately learn more about their colleagues & the business.


  2. "Good company, a lot of politics"

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'd recommend Microsoft to potential employees, pay is below industrial average compared to other IT organisations but you do get a great deal of freedom in terms of flexibility of working from the office, customer location or home which I would not want to give up. Benefits beyond pay such as pension, life insurance policies and car allowance are significant. If you are good at politically managing your career you can excel rapidly. Company is always doing interesting things with technology.

    Cons

    While I mention work flexibility is good, the dark side to this is virtually everyone I knew, to keep up with the high intensity of work was working at least some evenings and the occasional weekend just to keep everything moving and just to keep on top of their Inbox.

    Promotion and acceleration at the company is all about who you know, who is your supporter and at the end of the day very much based on how liked you are by the senior leaders. The vast majority of people at MS are top performers but promotions are more strongly linked to your political maneuvering than the quality of your work.

    MS is constantly changing its review method, they went from stack ranking which was a negative experience, to now giving you and end of year assessment but not telling you how you are 'stack ranked' even though they still essentially rank you to decide your bonus level as an example.

    I have seen several people brutally pushed out of the company, so if they want to get rid of you there is not much you can do.

    My advice; don't join the rate race. Get a job at MS, do what you need to do to perform positively and keep your job and then go home in the evenings and weekends and spend time with your family, friends and loved ones if you value that higher than senior positions/higher pay. You will always just be a little fish that they are bleeding dry to get everything out of you and then reward you with small treats to keep 'addicted' to want to constantly run in the rat race...

    Advice to Management

    Sataya's leadership is a postive change, MS is heading in a positive direction but if you are constantly going to advertise how much MS makes per quarter (billions) the least you can do is pay your employees the average industrial rate. Also, many times it is said that there is a lack of budget to promote people, well again, if you are making billions it dosen't really stack up that there is a lack of budget.

    Aim to make the promotion cycle more strongly based on actual merit of your role, rather than politics.


  3. "Graphic designer"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's a profestinal envirenment and I like using my creativity at work.

    Cons

    It's quite far from my house.


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  5. "Good company to work for if you like working in Cooperate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager for Worldwide Retail Operations and Deployment in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager for Worldwide Retail Operations and Deployment in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Working from home
    - Latest Technology

    Cons

    - Super cooperate environment
    - Hierarchical
    - Very American
    - Most career opportunities in Seatle at the HQ


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    "Project & Programme Manager"

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    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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good package overall - they have a system to pick and choose your benefits every December like life assurance, critical illness, cycle to work scheme, pension contributions, child care vouchers etc.
    Bonuses given in September, but not as good as they used to be / Employee purchase / Opt into Share Scheme. Salaries above average. Cloud technology and Azure the key focus right now. Satya, our CEO is driving the company in the right direction. Good working environment at the Reading Offices.

    Cons

    Microsoft going through streamlining at the moment - so constant fear of losing your job with reorganization plans and buy outs. Poor work life balance - everyone working long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - Microsoft will be successful into the long term and will fight tooth and nail to get there! Perhaps spend a bit more time on making work life balance better.


  7. "A lot warmer than you'd expect"

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    Current Contractor - Marketing in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Marketing in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    really smart, collegial hardworking colleagues. Really is a sense of optimism and purpose -- much more than I would have expected from the outside

    Cons

    it's a big ship; so sometimes it takes a while for it to shift in direction (but that's the perspective of someone coming from an entrepreneurial environment);

    Advice to Management

    stay nimble and curious even though you've made it to the top of the mountain (so to speak).


  8. "Great brand, great company."

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    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

    Work environment, high caliber of colleagues, learning is constant, and the job doesn't get boring. Progression isn't just possible it's encouraged by your manager.

    Cons

    Most of the UK roles have a sales component to the job. All the engineering and most of the creative roles are in the US.

    It's hard to switch off sometimes, and get the right work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  9. "Great company"

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

    Pros

    great benefits, teams, lots of innovation and cool projects to work on. Good team spirit and huge opportunities as can move within.

    Cons

    lot of process, often very difficult to navigate through the organisation as just very big and dont know where to start

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good job, great to have new talent from different backgrounds make up the team as this creates the most innovative environment


  10. "Infrastructure Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's Microsoft what else is there to say

    Cons

    It is not Google alas


  11. "A great company on an upward trajectory"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and a good environment to work. A really good culture and the company value are strong. The renewed focus on Cloud is the right direction the company should be taking. The Surface range of products is also very good. Excellent Senior leadership (at last!). Would like to see decent dividend payout as a shareholder.

    Cons

    Still has the ability to make poor acquisitions such as Nokia and Linked in. Some of the management one layer down are not particularly strong. The company is still a bit bloated and needs to slim down more, particularly in Marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, reduce the number of CVP's and try and match AWS in terms of speed and scale of investment.



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