Microsoft Reviews

Updated 25 October, 2014
Updated 25 October, 2014
8,429 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1.  

    Managers manage numbers not people

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON

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

    Very good company to work for.

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    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

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    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.  

    Good stable place; great for employees with family

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Great place to work

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    • 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.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campus Ambassador in Saskatoon, SK
    Current Employee - Campus Ambassador in Saskatoon, SK

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (more than an 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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once incredible but culture is changing for the worse

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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

    Incredible breadth of products and markets provide ample opportunity to take your career in nearly any direction particularly if you are willing to relocate to Redmond.

    Cons

    Sales culture has shifted from empowered to micro managed. Execs and senior managers spend too much time navel gazing and internally than on customers and markets.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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