Microsoft Reviews

Updated 29 September, 2014
Updated 29 September, 2014
8,179 Reviews
3.8
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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 people, transforming company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Company is drastically and rapidly changing the way it does things to become more agile.

    Cons

    A lot of management layers makes it hard to get things done quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to be a top employer

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

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

    Pros

    Cares about the work and life balance of their employees

    Cons

    Too many processes, layers. Leadership lacks visions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring talkers, hire more executioners at the top helm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The bad and the good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    The dash trash will work for you if you apply the right kind of motivation.
    It is a prestigious organization and looks good on your resume for sure. Write your own ticket from here.

    Cons

    Unreasonable management and pink slip happy. The manager believing this is the 18th century puts pressure on you leading to producing sub-par results. It is quite suffocating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Managers manage numbers not people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    The Money, the prestige. Sales employees are rewarded generously when this exceed their targets.

    Cons

    Managers understand the Microsoft machine they don't have to have nor do they need to have ANY people skills to attain or be successful at their positions. As a new AE you are required to commit and sign to a number presented to you by your manager. You will receive no training on it's processes or it's products. You will be consistently asked and reviewed on you commitment to retire quota. Asking for help will be rebuked. You must understand Microsoft licensing and contracts to be successful at this position a requirement not listed in their Account Executive Career Opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal licensing training must be completed by all prospective applicants before or within the first 60 days of employment. What tools are in place to ensure sales have what they need to have an opportunity to be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Organized chaos sales environment, paniced stressed management...with good benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Benefits, access to training, current technology and gadgets always leading edge. Good name for a resume to move to another organization that embraces its employees. Flexible working hours...or more clearly - does 10+ hours a day no matter how you fit them in to your life a benefit?

    Cons

    Should pay developers more as sales and marketing execution is terrible. Work/life balance is terrible...and although preached, no one admits that their annual salary needs to be divided by 14hr work day. If you aren't online, you aren't visible...if you aren't visible prepare for a 'discussion' with manager/ment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    10+ yrs of pushing a work/life balance mantra is now embarrassing you. Unless you are willing to sacrifice good people for the sake of their families the exodus of sr/experienced people will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    Cons

    At times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Big company, iconic but small company feel

    Cons

    complex business to navigate at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    you have everything to be successful and high degree of autonomy

    Cons

    average salary package compared to the competition

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good stable place; great for employees with family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule (goal driven)
    High percentage of people with family/kids, so it's normal to have to take time to attend family matters
    Pay a bit above industry average
    Huge company allows to change job/manager while remaining in the same company
    Recent review process revision was much needed

    Cons

    Focus on delivering new features sometimes comes at the cost of strong development tools (bad IDE, manually modifying critical text files, long build times, etc)
    Still working on the "One Microsoft" goal
    Can be stressful at times, especially if you are on call

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great tech company, Canada lacks it's USA counterpart though.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Great tech company to work for and tries to keep up with others who are all fighting for our attention.

    Cons

    Some perks in Canada are not up to the USA perks. Food court is good idea but it lacks inspiration and not what USA experiences. Bring standArds up, we are Microsoft.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get consistency to other techs companies by treating canada like part of the company. Which campus I work in should not dictate how I am treated.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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