Microsoft Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
8,412 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    interview

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    it was difficult but enjoyable

    Cons

    chilled not commnicative enhanced poor

  2.  

    Great place to succeed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to develop your brand

    Cons

    Don't expect anything to be handed to you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modify utilization bonus structure to take into consideration the type of enagements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing people and culture, but need to focus on their front line employees a little more.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications

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

    Pros

    Huge company with diverse functions so there is a lot to learn about running a corporation of that size. Great products makes it easier to do your job. The culture is very collaborative and most people are there to help you.

    Cons

    Despite the collaboration, there are lots of people out to make themselves look better. Because of the fast-paced environment people forget about your side of the situation and care about their end results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to front line employees to understand how to fix many simple problems such as the systems you are working on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Consumer Product Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    - Evolving Work Place
    - Great Culture
    - Worldwide Opportunities
    - Great Benefit Structure

    Cons

    - Change could be at a faster pace
    - Management Politics
    - Sometimes overlooking the hardworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more consistency in delivering guidelines and metrics. Need to take employee recognition and appreciation more seriously and less in a popularity contest style.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Products and vision are outstanding!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    R&D and Products are improving leaps and bounds. Microsoft now listens to its customers to make their products better.

    Cons

    Management – some of the worst management I have experienced in my 20 of selling IT. In the 6 years I spent at Microsoft I had 5 managers. Management rarely listens to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your seasoned employees. If you listen to your employees, like you now listen to your customers, it would be a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent organization evolving from client facing license and solution providing to web services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable, growing, market dominating organization. Opportunities abundant with relocation

    Cons

    Corporate values diminished in later end of the decade, 'curve' grading process eliminated great employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terrible evolution of corporate culture from innovative to internally competitive. Never resolved the duplication and non-collaborative cross corporate problems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    New leadership worse than previous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Still banking on the reputation built by Bill Gates. Current leadership team is a bigger mess than before.

    Cons

    Company has moved from bad leadership to no leadership. SN is not a good leader after all, 6 months into his reign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the basics. Lack of management 101.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Over worked and under paid.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful, the environment is laid back. That is really the only two good things about working in this sector of this company.

    Cons

    The micro - managing is extreme at these stores. They are poorly run, poorly managed and it seems they are set up for failure. The workload that an average employee is responsible for is by no way compensated in their wages. One of the worst places I have worked. It's a popularity contest if you want to grow in the company not at all based on merit or seniority. They rarely hire internally and offer no incentive to work hard. The culture is also juvenile at best. Just poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent managers that ACTUALLY know tech and how things work.

  10.  

    Great experience with nice people.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Overall, I would give 4 stars. Lots of smart people. Work-life balance is awesome. Good conditions and benefits for contractors as well.

    Cons

    It takes time to finish one project because there are too many smart people. lol

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft Canada environment not even close to USA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Great Package
    Exellent Collegues and very helpul ones

    Cons

    Social Life balance
    Managers only care about revenues, sales don't work as one team (In my case it was consultency team not development)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on products rather than revenue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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