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Our mission - to help people around the world realise their full potential - begins with our employees. Their passion fuels our success. We compete for outstanding talent in the UK and keep employees engaged with a dynamic, diverse culture that values growth and well-being. 90% of employees feel proud to work at Microsoft.

Training and development

Our employees never stop seeking new opportunities to grow. We continually evaluate and evolve our training opportunities to meet their specific needs. By adapting our programs to meet a variety of learning styles - in the classroom, online, through video, and in other forms - we ensure our employees continue to learn and move their careers forward.

Intern Development

48-week placements are offered to university students in the third year across numerous business functions. These provide an insightful introduction to the business. They're a great way to progress careers. The programme offers a huge amount of on-the-job learning and bespoke skills training. When at Microsoft as an intern, there are various projects to get involved with in order to network, enhance team-working and communication skills and add value to the overall experience.

Microsoft UK Graduate Development Program:

Microsoft operates a global graduate programme MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires), which provides university graduates with the opportunity to 'start strong' at Microsoft. This year the UK subsidiary hired 40 graduates. We invest heavily in their development because we believe they have the potential to be senior leaders within the business. They learn how Microsoft works and build skills to help them deliver results and work effectively with others.

MACH offers two years of unique experiences, connections and resources alongside a business critical day-to-day role - aimed at building skills and leveraging talents. Graduates gain exposure to leaders who are committed to their growth and long-term career at Microsoft. Our global programme connects a diverse community of over 1,800 peers and alumni from over 60 countries to help graduates successfully navigate within Microsoft. Heavy emphasis is placed on training and development. This is backed by our strong network of mentors, peer support and a culture of co-operation. In-depth technical or business training is provided wherever necessary, along with a much broader programme designed to help graduates move ahead in their career.

To complement the global offerings, our local programme has combined connection events, networking sessions and exposure to senior leaders. Core to the running of the programme is the MACH steering committee. Chaired by an Executive Sponsor to ensure connection to the business and senior leadership, the group comprises representatives from across the MACH community who provide input and direction to the local MACH programme.

Our graduate experience is widely recognised by one of the best in our industry and our graduate hires move quickly within the organisation. They move across functions and to roles of ever increasing levels of responsibility and seniority.

Diversity and Inclusion

A diverse and inclusive workforce makes change possible and pushes innovation forward. Bringing unique, powerful perspectives together allows differences to shine and similarities to emerge. This helps us better understand and meet the needs of our diverse customers around the world.

"The collaborative energy that is created when talented people from different backgrounds come together to focus on innovation has helped fuel Microsoft's success for more than 30 years. As we bring our innovations into more and more markets around the world, and as we strive to bridge the digital divide so that people at all levels of society can benefit from the opportunities of the global knowledge economy, we recognize that it's more important than ever to honor diversity, both inside Microsoft and in the communities where we live and work."
-Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Employee Networks (ENs) are an important part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Employee Resource groups provide a mutually beneficial relationship for employees and Microsoft. Members voluntarily work together and serve as internal resources to ensure that diverse perspectives are included in business decisions and activities. The groups provide a sense of community in the workplace, offer a forum for their members to discuss relevant challenges and opportunities, and enable joint efforts on common areas of interests.

There are a number of ERGs in the UK, for example:

GLEAM ERG - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employees at Microsoft
BAME EN - Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Employees at Microsoft
Parents ERG - Parents and those interested in Parenting
UK Christians EN
UK Muslims EN
Women at Microsoft ERG - for men and women keen to increase proportional representation of women at Microsoft and in the IT industry
X Disability ERG - Network on Disability and Accessibility
Visual Impairment network

Accessibility

Microsoft recognizes and values the capabilities and contributions of all people-including those with disabilities. We are a more successful company because of our efforts to recruit and employ top quality people including those who happen to have disabilities. And we recognise that our employees with disabilities make an added contribution by helping us reach a broader market for our products.

From magnification for people with vision impairments to speech recognition for people with limited use of their hands, we believe that innovative technology solutions can allow everyone to develop their skills and share their talents with the world.

At Microsoft, accessibility is a business practice, part of our Trustworthy Computing efforts which focus on integrity and responsibility in our business practices. We take a strategic approach, integrating accessibility into product planning, research and development, product development, and testing. We build accessibility into many products and services we develop, providing ease of access to individuals with vision, hearing, dexterity, language or learning needs. We have provided free Microsoft Accessibility Tools and Training resources for developers and we work to make Windows a great platform for innovation by assistive technology manufacturers. We also work with key government agencies and organizations that advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

Here in Britain we have been a long-standing supporter of the charity AbilityNet, and have also worked with Business Disability Forum, Blind in Business, Guide Dogs, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB


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