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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Now it became just one of many companies in technology.

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

    Bilingual Technical Support Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Bilingual Technical Support Analyst in Mississauga, ON
    Former Contractor - 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
  6.  

    Personal Growth

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    it was difficult but enjoyable

    Cons

    chilled not commnicative enhanced poor

  8.  

    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 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
  9.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Communications
    Former Intern - 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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 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

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