I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)
Flexible work hours and approachable culture
Competitive colleagues, manager might have negative effect on your work
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Reading, England) in October 2017.
The overall impression is negative however there are a few strong positives I will call out, unfortunately balanced by some aspects really disappointing.
Had one brief prep call with the recruiter, then a technical screening, then a detailed prep call with an assigned person from the recruiting team, then got invited at their assessment centre in Reading.
- Impressed with the quality of prep work guidance and interview materials sent by e-mail before the interview;
- Impressed with the proposed format of the interview (three one-hour interviews in front of a panel);
- Impressed with the level of the detail in the feedback.
- None of the three interviews were what they were supposed to be; they were one person conversations and I felt like I put one week of effort preparing a presentation which was neither discussed nor seen.
Only one interviewer in the room meant subjectivity and risk of biased feedback;
One of the interviewers actually made up most of the findings on which the rejection was founded;
The feedback given was contradictory to the point of absurdity.
That being said, I fully accept the idea of an employer at will. However, rational and consistent in the decision making process would make two great additions to that...