Microsoft Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
7,969 Reviews

3.8
7,969 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing ride and still loving it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Its exciting and I have great work life balance. Opportunities available are awesome.

    Cons

    Bluetape. Some of them are real jerks, but t most people are cool, passionate and nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In ne

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft Canada environment not even close to USA

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Mixed. The company is still understanding the impact of having much larger competitors and is slow to respond.

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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

    Brand recognition, still some very good people too.

    Cons

    Behind on management training and business management overall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent until KT took over

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great resources, and passionate people that are about solving technology challenges. The compensation package is more than adequate. The pace is fast so there is no room for boredom.

    Cons

    Don't challenge management. The talk about work / life balance . . . be prepared to have more work and less life balance unless life revolves around Microsoft. Learning new technologies will be on your own time. Very little formal training. They consider TechReady their training forum for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You used to be a company that encouraged challenging the status quo, now you frown on those that challenge the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not what is promised

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    They treat you well as employees
    Great people that work there

    Cons

    Pay is very low for some positions
    Hard to advance to higher positions
    Can't move up unless you have "Staples" on your resume like the Market Manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better or you will loose good employees
    Give everyone a equal opportunity to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people were awesome. Salary was good. Vacation and benefits too. Work was fun. Through the review process, feedback from coworkers + management helped me improve.

    Cons

    Being a small module of a huge company could be tough. Lots of irrelevant emails. Stuff that only applies to the US employees. All the hype around reconfiguration that doesn't really end up affecting us. Security and distance getting in the way of communication and info sharing to do better, faster work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    I have access to good salary, bonus, education allowance, RRSP matching and of course benefits
    Get the dash trash to do low grade menial work
    You can focus on strategic work

    Cons

    Sometimes too many direction changes but just roll with it and it will change soon enough
    However it takes a chunk out of you trying to always adapt to the latest but as Darwin said it is the rule of survival

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YES! Absolutely Cloud is here and we will show google and other pretenders what this is about. Go Microsoft! Go Microsoft employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corporate Culture on Life Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Notable brand name and products. Some smart, talented managers, but few and far between.

    Cons

    Employees (and especially contractors) treated as commodities. Culture encourages rivalry and individual achievement over what's write for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the recent departure of Steve Balmer to completely revamp the venomous culture that Microsoft has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ms canada

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary three week holiday good benefits

    Cons

    Sales strategy always changing, make you think you are alwsys late on budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    M

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding, fast-paced, and quick to grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volume Licensing Project Coordinator  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Volume Licensing Project Coordinator in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    A great and open collaborative environment with room to individually excel. Management is exceptional and nurturing providing plentiful opportunities for growth and learning.

    Cons

    New projects consistently stack up while previous projects are still under development.Weeks can greatly vary in time commitments and are usually not spaced out evenly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and share better career navigation advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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