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About Microsoft

Microsoft U.K. is one of the largest subsidiaries in a global business. Hopefully the name already means something to you. Perhaps you associate it with Xbox 360, Windows or Kinect. Developing these life-changing inventions is a massive part of the business but, because the organisation stretches across the globe and is more than product development, you'll find there's more opportunities for students and graduates at Microsoft than anywhere else.

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Benefits
Training
Progression

What to expect

Ambitious. Energetic. Open. Creative. These are just some of the ways in which current graduates, interns and apprentices have described what life at Microsoft is all about.

Microsoft wants you to be excited about coming to work. The company also wants you to feel valued and comfortable. So it'll do all it can to make that happen.

The Microsoft facilities have a big part to play in this. From libraries, clubs and gyms to subsidised restaurants and breakout areas featuring the latest gadgets, Microsoft's facilities will make your working day even more enjoyable.

Add to this amazing people and a lively atmosphere, and you can see why life at Microsoft is so rewarding.

Benefits

Intern Scheme

Alongside the long-term career benefits, the Intern scheme comes with some great advantages from day one. You'll earn a competitive salary and be given 25 days' holiday during the year, three days a year to dedicate to volunteering for a cause of your choice and the opportunity to sit Microsoft exams. At the end of it, if you prove you've got what it takes to get ahead, you'll be rewarded with an opportunity to apply to fast track to the last stage of the MACH scheme assessment process, before the campaign is launched to the market.

Whichever role you take once you arrive at Microsoft, you'll discover a workplace dedicated to comfort, convenience and fun. Whether you're based in Reading or Central London, Microsoft will help you maintain your work-life balance with:

  • Wireless capability
  • Xbox, foosball and pool tables
  • Shops and restaurants
  • Active sports and social clubs (including badminton, cricket, football, diving, motorbiking, sailing, tennis, and photography)
  • Children's facilities including on-site day nursery
  • Library
  • Gym

There's also a Well Being Centre to help you stay in good shape and live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. As well as on-site nurses and nutrition advice, the Centre offers chiropractic physiotherapy, acupuncture and reflexology treatments.

MACH Graduates scheme

You'll start the MACH scheme on a competitive salary plus sign-on bonus, 25 days' holiday, three days a year to dedicate to volunteering for a cause of your choice, product discounts, life assurance and insurance against illness and accident. Microsoft's flexible benefits scheme, Flexi, let you tailor your package, with options like:

  • Membership for on-site gym
  • Extra holiday
  • Health screening
  • Bicycle purchase
  • Concierge services
  • Group personal pension
  • Income protection
  • Childcare services
  • Wellbeing Centre

Training

Intern Scheme

You will start your journey with a week long induction where you'll learn all about Microsoft, how it works and where you fit in. You'll get to network, start to build relations and have a bit of fun! This is followed by a huge amount of on-the-job learning, bespoke skills training and one-to-one performance reviews.

In the first month you will have the opportunity to join one of the many Intern led project teams such as the Environment, Milkround, Induction and Intern Community Support teams that run throughout your year, learning skills such as project management, negotiation, budget management and presentation skills. All with the support of the University team.

Your year will end with an event that celebrates the success of your year with training, networking and finishing with it's prestigious Intern awards ceremony.

MACH scheme training

It all starts with an immersion week, delivered by the university team and senior management and designed to get you off to the best possible start. You'll learn all about Microsoft, how it works, where you fit in, plus it will give you the opportunity to start building your network. It's the launch pad for a training regime that will see you focus on core skills training to develop your personal and professional skills during your first year, before starting to plan your future career development in year two.

Within a few months, you'll attend your first big MACH event: Winter School, normally held at a European location. Here you'll meet your international MACH peers and learn vital presentation and team-working skills. Later on, there's the Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX) conference, a week's global networking in the U.S., to look forward to followed by your third international event at the end of your first year with a business simulation that puts into practice everything you learn in the classroom that week.

In your second year, you'll complete a programme of virtual learning modules to guide your professional development far into the future, providing a seamless end to the scheme and giving your career a vital sense of continuity.

Throughout you will be offered a number of non-traditional variants like personal excellence training, external coaching and internal mentoring schemes. All of this MACH development runs alongside role-specific training that will ease your journey along your chosen career path.

What does the future hold?