Microsoft Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
8,179 Reviews
3.8
8,179 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome while it lasted

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    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
  2.  

    Great companies

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    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Culture on Life Support

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    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
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  5.  

    Ms canada

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    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
  6.  

    Rewarding, fast-paced, and quick to grow.

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great work/life balance, innovative technology, company changing for the better, hope its not too late

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance, innovative technology, friendly people.

    Cons

    Pay is above average, bonuses are average, sometimes promote the wrong people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great Company Culture
    Exciting new products
    Work-Life Balance is pretty good during slow quarters

    Cons

    Management is numbers driven and doesn't provide much guidance
    Not enough support given when issues are escalated
    no accountability from the virtual team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great People, and pretty good technology

    Cons

    Not a Sales Organization it's a R&D company, with too many silos, and competing Agenda

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Matrix Management is going to be the death of this American success. Local, Regional, National structure will bring a team environment and Customer first attitude back. GET RID OF SCORECARDS managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danger And Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Partner Sales  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Partner Sales in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    They removed the peer review system but really it is still here
    Prestigious entry on your CV but need to find employment elsewhere (if desired) quickly as market catches up with reality of Microsoft today

    Cons

    All employees and departments need to be approached the same as a pit of vipers
    To have Trust in this building is childish
    and only those related to you by blood can be semi-trusted
    All equal under God is true here except God is the pay check, prize a promotion and equality defined as Anglo Saxon heritage and nodes of connections

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are shareholders please quit now
    Since that will not happen remember that what goes around comes around
    Anything else I say places me in the realm of fantasy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Company to Work For

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Amazing professional development, work life balance and overall care for employees

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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