Microsoft Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
8,350 Reviews
3.8
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Orange badge vs Blue badge

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft looks good on your resume is about the only positive thing I can say

    Cons

    As a contractor you are treated as a second class citizen, you are told you are part of the team but in reality you are never included in any meetings or invited to any events and the Microsoft (Blue Badges) treat you with disdain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really need double the staff to get everything done on a daily basis then be honest with your investors instead of hiding the headcount with contingent staff

  2.  

    Toxic negative environment that is far too internally focused; that they have lost sight of customers.

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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

    Salary, Stocks, Work from Home opportunities

    Cons

    Negative environment where your deliverables are not subjectively measured and rewarded. Far too much weight put on internal scorecard metrics vs delivering against market needs and being nimble enough to react to needs of customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing ride and still loving it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
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  5.  

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

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    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
  6.  

    Excellent until KT took over

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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
  7.  

    Not what is promised

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    • 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 an 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
  8.  

    Awesome while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 (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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