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Updated 1 February, 2015
Updated 1 February, 2015
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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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    Bilingual Technical Support Engineer

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    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
  2.  

    Personal Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Project Manager in Winnipeg, MB
    Current Employee - Implementation Project Manager in Winnipeg, MB

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendship, Change, Growth, Knowledge, Skills

    Cons

    Contract Work,No Full Time,Contractors can't take in company activitys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider retaining employees who care about the customer experience and value it...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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

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  5.  

    Great place to succeed

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    • 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 a 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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  7.  

    Products and vision are outstanding!

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    • 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
  8.  

    Consumer Product Advisor

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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 (less than a 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
  9.  

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

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    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    New leadership worse than previous

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    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked and under paid.

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    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.

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