Microsoft Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
7,978 Reviews

3.8
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Very good company to work for.

    • 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

    Pros

    Big company, iconic but small company feel

    Cons

    complex business to navigate at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software sales

    • 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

    Pros

    you have everything to be successful and high degree of autonomy

    Cons

    average salary package compared to the competition

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Good stable place; great for employees with family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, discussions with manager about going forward in life, doing what I love.

    Cons

    Work too much some days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome. Lots of perks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campus Ambassador  in  Saskatoon, SK
    Current Employee - Campus Ambassador in Saskatoon, SK

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

    Pros

    Smart people everywhere. Zero discrimination. What matters is what you can do and the experience you have had

    Cons

    Non. Working for Microsoft is the best thing anyone can ask for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work. It will be nice to have an event for the Campus Ambassadors in Canada. That will be motivating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost Decade-great to learn how not to run a company and subsidiary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some extremely smart people and some intersting roles to tackle. Varied and diversified product set.

    Cons

    Reward system has killed innovation and left a lot of people disillusioned.
    Promotions are confusing at best when the best local people continue to be overlooked in favor of people from any country but Canada. Customers are very vocal about the lack of continuity and relationships as well as the lack of knowledge about the Canadian market in general. The Canadian sub is seen as a pasture vs. what it used to be as a stepping stone. Not a place for real technology sellers. The culture in Canada specifically has been toxic for so long that I don't think anyone is capable of leading out from underneath this. The managers who have stayed at too risk averse to leave and like the safety of $200-$300K/year without having to do a lot or have much in the way of real accountability. Safe doesn't equate to innovation or people development or top compensation or a meaningful stock price that is sustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Missed the boat to get some new perspective with the recent CEO move.
    Scrap the reward system and the "correction of errors" soundtrack. The scorecards and KPI lists and metrics of metrics mean you now have an army of people doing nothing to positively impact the stock price - they all simply report what has already happened and everyone in each successive layer of management becomes more and more critical without any ability to add any value. Try actually promoting some of the people from your ExPO programs in geographies like Canada to CLT or adapt a maximum import rule on talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome Company that executed well on so many fronts. They gave internal people great consideration if you wanted chang

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to do different things and get into different areas. The breadth of the company is unmatched

    Cons

    As it got bigger, politics became more important to rewards and career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the cliques and stop the infighting. Evenly distribute the rewards more to the staff that are not EVP.SVP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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