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Updated 10 December 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
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England
    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. "Business Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flat hierarchy. Ownership and autonomy to make great things happen.

    Cons

    Company is US centric and and fails to see local opportunities


  4. "Sales Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    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. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    great management
    progression
    good teamwork
    effective skill progression
    excellent sustainability

    Cons

    long shift
    no canteen
    breaks are short
    team leaders are not helpful
    rude receptionist


  6. "Only career management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies to work for in the world from many angles.

    Cons

    Career Management. Especially the managers in Corp are not open for talents from other parts of the world.


  7. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for with pension

    Cons

    Corporate Mentality can often stifle creativity

  8. "start up company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    learn a lot from different areas

    Cons

    low salary and too much work


  9. "1 year experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Geam team, managers very well grounded

    Cons

    Work volume really high, difficulty to advance


  10. "Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great place smart people dynamic

    Cons

    Lot's of HR and protocol to follow