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Updated 19 June, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative workplace, would recommend

    Cons

    Can get lost sometimes, big pond lots of fish.


  2. "Really nice managers"

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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

    - Nice managers
    - Flexibility
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - Benefits are lacking, need to cover more

  3. "TL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Perfect experience excellent amazing beautiful

    Cons

    Perfect excellent beautiful amazing experience


  4. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Solid company, all around good experience

    Cons

    Nothing at all to speak of


  5. "Microroft both the dragon and the calf."

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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

    1. Freedom to innovate and grow as much as you want
    2. Decent pay
    3. Learn Learn Learn

    Cons

    1. Lousy salaries
    2. Stock option tied to relationship with managers for the most part.
    3. Unwilling to" turn on a dime"

    Advice to Management

    Above all, value your people. Once they leave they will never return.


  6. "Product Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are worth working hard for

    Cons

    A lot of standing involved


  7. "Not bad for a part time job as a student or a temp job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    Lots of young people, fun culture, can wear jeans and sneakers to work.

    Cons

    Some hours are long and dreadful, scheduling is prioritized for those who are in good terms with the HR manager.

  8. "A good, but not great, company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    • Myriad of potential products and career paths
    • Incredibly smart people
    • Relative stability
    • Work/life balance
    • Lots of learning resources (books, courses)
    • New CEO has definitely helped galvanizing people and slowly embracing positive change

    Cons

    • Isolated, centric and not-invented-here mindset
    • Country club - lots of antiquated people just "resting and vesting"
    • Insane politics - Everyone will try to take credit for, and steal, the coolest projects from hackathons
    • Good enough compensation and benefits, but far, far from other big tech players
    • So-called diversity forced quotas can result in forced diversity hires, token employees and the like
    • Silly approach to increasing the bottom line: it's always a coin toss whether you'll be axed during the next RIF
    • Cronyism, lots of it

    Advice to Management

    Promote transparency on policies. Stop trying to savagely save $$ -leverage on that army of incredibly smart people to create cool stuff instead of trying to keep zombies alive.

    Come up with mechanisms to reward and promote the smart and motivated people, instead of the ones whose only achievement is stealing spotlights.

    Be honest and humble on compensation and benefits: stop with the kool-aid, why is there such a difference with other big tech companies?


  9. "General Engineer"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    performance is being tracked often

    Cons

    Co-oworkers are always competitive for promotions

    Advice to Management

    change the layout of the building


  10. "Logos"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good company to work for.Great pay

    Cons

    none.KEEP GOING GREAT JOB OVERALL

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


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