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Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
9,227 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice ppl but code base sucks

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The team is really great. People are helpful and friendly. It's a growing team with new guys joining every week. We are all young and energetic, share lots of interests in common. It's really lots of fun working with them.

    Cons

    We are working on a huge code base built with lots of out-of-date techs. Most of the senior guys are in Redmond which makes things worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's really a great place for working however it would be even better if we could slow down and focus more on infrastructure. That would be developers' life much more easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of products and technology, empowered employees, comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    Only con would be when your position is outsourced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less outsourcing. Now that Canadian dollar is lower, you should return some of the jobs back to Canada.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Internship - 8 months

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    Former Intern - Sales Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Former Intern - Sales Associate in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Exposed to various departments
    - Acquired a great skill set
    - Trips & conferences
    - Opportunities for continuing as full-time employee

    Cons

    - Heavy workload & high expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall good. New CEO doing a good job I believe. Challenge is with existing management...need to evolve.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Decent Compensation package, wide spectrum of career opportunities, decent place to stop at

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy...lack of communication between different BUs of the org. I believe it is improving but long way ahead..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big company, poor retail execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits and company scope. With dedication one could move into corporate.

    Cons

    Always recruiting from the outside with no internal promotion. Not enough practicality on the retail side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Intern in the Windows Networking Team

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good perks and benefits.

    Cons

    - Managers are not interested in growing skills in their team. There is a lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little time to read resumes when hiring new people and match them to relevant projects. This would avoid a lot of frustration and would benefit both the company and the employee in the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit, working environment, it's great to work with smart people.

    Cons

    I don't like the office politics. Some of the senior management team members are far more interested in politics than practical work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your target simple and clear. It's great to have so much money but try to spend them wisely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a busy and exciting time to be in Customer Service & Support

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    Former Contractor - Social Strategist
    Former Contractor - Social Strategist

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively open space with lots of meeting rooms, snacks in the kitchen.
    Treated as a professional
    Company found training opportunities including PMP
    Gym on campus.

    Cons

    At the time - there were a lot of silos to break.
    Work-Life balance could've been a bit better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give up and comers the chance to shine.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Very impressed!

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    Current Employee - Customer Lifecycle Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Lifecycle Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    High standards
    Honesty culture
    Diverse
    Meritocracy
    Outstanding financial stability

    Cons

    Life balance
    Salary only competitive for certain positions
    Be careful with the level they bring you in: It will determine your future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people are different. Not everybody likes the same things neither resigns the same way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - learning opportunities
    - upward mobility

    Cons

    - crazy working hours
    - travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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