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Updated 19 October, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Microsoft Canada is an amazing work opportunity. Environment is friendly, pay is great, work is fun."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It sometimes feels like Microsoft is the only big player left that actually cares about people. It's a lot easier going than I hear from other companies.

    Cons

    Pay is slightly less than what you can earn elsewhere. I also need more words for the twenty wires minimum


  2. "One of the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation/benefits, training opportunities, work/life balance, positive atmosphere, promotes internally, active in the community, excellent line of products and services.

    Cons

    A company people seem to love to hate without just cause. Extremely large company, can be easy to get lost in the crowd if one isn't careful. "Diversity hires" equate to a backwards sort of racism (though, that's more a product of society than the company itself).

    Advice to Management

    Remember that it's difficult to face endless negativity about the company from customers and outsiders, even off the clock. The positive atmosphere is great, but keep the excitement alive.


  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, great technology, many opportunities for new roles.

    Cons

    Like all other large corporations.


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  5. "love this place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    pretty cool staff very friendly

    Cons

    the store is always busy


  6. "I learned a lot here!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great direction from team leads
    Great career support
    Motivating environment with smart people

    Cons

    office politics
    competitive
    not enough food


  7. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - Inspiring direction from Satya
    - Tons of career mobility
    - Surrounded by really smart people

    Cons

    - Red tape
    - Bureaucracy
    - Some people get ahead by managing upward vs actually having technical capability


  8. "Company reviews"

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, fair interview process, great pay and benefits are pretty good. Diverse system

    Cons

    Long interview and joining process


  9. "Premier Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - PFE in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - PFE in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some freedom to set your own schedule. Seeing different environments and industry sectors is great experience

    Cons

    The company has been shifting from a services and software company to a devices and services company and they are leaving behind the on-premise customers not ready or willing to move to cloud solutions. All training has been shifted to cloud support while low focus given to on-prem solutions for customers.

    Advice to Management

    You still sell software and support contracts and internal skills should reflect this. Not everyone has moved to the cloud just yet :)


  10. "Going in the right direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Microsoft India
    - Some of the best benefits you get in India
    - Great people - very brilliant, professional and respectful

    Cons

    - Things move a bit slowly - New ideas, new features
    - Lot of re-inventing the wheel. Sometimes, folks do not have an idea that some other team has already done something similar that they are searching for.


  11. "Business Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Stock options , culture , learning and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Slow in decisions , lacks consumer focus

    Advice to Management

    Current CEO is transforming the company


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