Microsoft Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
8,371 Reviews
3.8
8,371 Reviews
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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.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Company to Work For

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

    Awesome people, transforming company.

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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

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The bad and the good

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  8.  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danger And Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Sales in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Partner Sales in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for a navigator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    You can actually get away with a straight 9:30-4:00 schedule if you know how to. Do not think it is all work here. Social aspects take precedence. You also have some dash trash and interns you can utilize. On the technology front Microsoft is still up to very important things. Satya recently expressed his opinion that we can be a three-pony trick. I believe it. good place to work

    Cons

    Priorities change all the time and what was important yesterday is not important today. It is important to let others handle the pressure because otherwise you would go insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Leverage resources and contractors so we can focus on strategic work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Managers manage numbers not people

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    • Senior Management
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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 (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

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