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Updated 16 November 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1180 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great ethics and great values

    Cons

    None to report for the time being


  2. "Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great company vision and leadership
    Flexible work environment
    Good pay and conditions

    Cons

    Politicians still rule the management ranks. Satya has a great vision for an aspire-to culture, but the politicians use the language to their advantage to bully or get ahead at the expense of anyone they see as a threat

    Advice to Management

    Kill MS - Poll as it is. It is outdated, and the scores are mostly BS. People either use it to puff up their team (if they are experienced players and understand the positive feedback loop of doing this) or to attack (if they are disgruntled). Better to have less predictable and more immediate feedback loops

  3. "Solutions Architect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Take care employee and has a good brand

    Cons

    Org always change every year


  4. "Flexible working conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions - work from anywhere

    Cons

    Expectations of your performance are high. High pressure with aggressive targets and KPIs. Because you are able to work from anywhere at any time, you tend to work more than you should.


  5. "Very challenging but dynamic, you must find your work/life balance yourself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great team, interesting projects, multicountry exposure

    Cons

    Unrealistic targets, sometimes rushed delivery for the sake of meeting the budget


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Global success story marred by issues in regional office"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, brand and people are proud to work there. Visionary leadership from the CEO and the stock price is great too

    Cons

    There appears to be some shady politics in the local office. There’s a lot of emphasis on “internal selling” over getting great results. More disturbingly, recently I’ve seen some good people who appeared to be performing well suddenly disappear without explanation. Also some promotions of people who don’t necessarily have the right skills but do have the right internal connections. This should not be happening in a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate what’s going on in your regional offices and follow up on MSPoll feedback. Something is off.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Delivery"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great talent is still Around and this brings opportunities to learn from it. Benefits used to be great.

    Cons

    Toxic and political culture top-down, no empowerment, nepotism and favoritism, turned into a career end for many excellent people over the past 2 years. Push out people with tenure. Bullying and harasment all over the place. Ibm culture brought nothing good. Customers pick and choose competitions more and more

    Advice to Management

    Reward by merit. Friends cannot replace true professionals. Get your head out of sand and start listening to customer feedback. Review epg and services management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company on good track however the Consulting Services business is unethical"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Ryde
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in North Ryde

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

    Pros

    Company is getting better every day. Love the openness and growth mindset culture.

    Cons

    Microsoft product teams are all about deploying the right solutions for the customer. However the Consulting Services organization demands that their staff deploy solutions that increase billable time. When challenged we're told not to think but do what we're told and that revenue is more important than the deploying the right solution. Utilization based incentives drive the wrong behavior. When engagements are completed in a fraction of the time allocated, we are told to perform work slower otherwise we'll be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Shutdown the consulting services business


  9. "Technology specialist"

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    Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Tech Specialist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly diverse and supportive of all.
    Salary and package is competitive and includes great additional benefits for wellness and promotion of healthy lifestyle.
    Huge opportunities to move up, around and over(seas).
    Great tech training including US trip each year to mother ship.

    Cons

    Customer facing roles have far too much turnover.
    Customer technical support is atrocious and no one from Services management team appear to care.
    Too many managers and not enough leaders.
    Many Managers ineffective, non-responsive and too focused on internal business rather than customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Measure your managers by their work with customers.


  10. "Over paid for basic execution tasks"

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    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Poor management - lack of real leaders
    Lack of career progression
    Makes everything complicated
    Management have club mentality

    Advice to Management

    Lead
    Cut back on powerpoint
    Set agenda and expected outcomes for meetings


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