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Updated 29 January, 2015
Updated 29 January, 2015
9,044 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Internship - 8 months

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - 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
  2.  

    A very good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work culture. Lots of opportunity to excel. Good management.

    Cons

    Contract work is more common than working a Microsoft employee, about 70/30

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into converting more contractors to employees, do less outsourcing overseas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Strategist
    Former Employee - 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
  6.  

    Very impressed!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Cheap place to work, drastic year over year cuts, overworked, underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits
    Some work from home opportunity depending on job role
    Smart people (ever so slowly declining)

    Cons

    Salary
    Despite record profits, year over year cuts to overall compensation. Going the way of IBM
    Record quarter, yet we lost our internet subsidy (mobile workers). Christmas party? What Christmas party? At a snookers club?
    Record high delivery margin in the services business - yet continual need to cut costs. Citing work life balance as a reason to work from home. "Doing more with less" - why?
    Corporate speak like no one's business
    Cutting training substantially, again citing every reason except with reducing costs. Stop saying people are your #1 asset when you care less every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the top line. Stop treating your employees worse over year over year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Exposure to technology; a few opportunities to shine

    Cons

    Shift made to become more sales focused;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on focus, but stop forgetting to let people drive themselves. Micromanaging will wreck your team!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Now it became just one of many companies in technology.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good technology, access to many brand new solutions for consumers mainly, good overall directions BUT

    Cons

    Changes in Redmond are not reflected at all in the field. Huge administration and very few capabilities to innovate at the sales level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let senior ICs develop their business within the company guideline and stop micro managing with spreadsheets all day long

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Bilingual Technical Support Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Good Opportunity to grow up. Lot of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Since was contracted, the pay was not great, even leading a team you don't get increment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give opportunity to talented contractors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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