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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    New leadership worse than previous

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 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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  5.  

    Great experience with nice people.

    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, I would give 4 stars. Lots of smart people. Work-life balance is awesome. Good conditions and benefits for contractors as well.

    Cons

    It takes time to finish one project because there are too many smart people. lol

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Orange badge vs Blue badge

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft Canada environment not even close to USA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Package
    Exellent Collegues and very helpul ones

    Cons

    Social Life balance
    Managers only care about revenues, sales don't work as one team (In my case it was consultency team not development)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on products rather than revenue

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Excellent until KT took over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    Not what is promised

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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

    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

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