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Updated 24 September, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1168 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, most of the teams are packed by extremely smart and competent people.

    Cons

    Work outside the Redmond office is not valued as much, even if you produce more. Some teams and maybe entire orgs may have toxic culture (the remnants of Balmer era). This is being fixed but some parts are moving way too slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce the discrimination. I am not talking about the gender or race, Microsoft is great in this regard - I am talking about Redmond vs the rest of the world and full time employees vs the vendors.


  2. "Amazeballs"

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    Current Employee - Janitor in Arctic Bay, NU
    Current Employee - Janitor in Arctic Bay, NU
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun. High pay. Ultra fun

    Cons

    None at all it's impossible

    Advice to Management

    Hello

  3. "Product advisor"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    collaborative culture
    lots of snacks
    community support event

    Cons

    customers, low pay, training, spaces are limited for employee to study

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great access to customer C-suite, compensation is great if performing above average, great benefit package

    Cons

    poor commission structure if not performing at the highest levels. they talk of no bell curve but they just use a different version of a curve.


  5. "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Variety of technology options to work with
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Some red tape that comes with big companies


  6. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance
    - Great office & location
    - Big company with many different opportunities for learning and growing

    Cons

    Occasional on-call work is disruptive to my normal schedule


  7. "A great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, good culture and good manager. Free software. Microsoft employee discount on Microsoft Store.

    Cons

    Quite tough. Sometimes customers would challenge that none of Microsoft's product is No. 1. Say, cloud is second to Amazon. Database is second to Oracle.

  8. "Great Experience & Great People"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super smart people driven to get results
    Strong collaborative environment
    Opportunity to move up and laterally within the company to experience different roles
    Strong partner ecosystem
    Awesome place to develop experience and to get training - first class
    Excellent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic - not agile
    Focus on results comes at expense of lack of focus on customer
    Work-life balance is a sacrifice

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to focus on customer needs when the company believes that every customer is a Microsoft customer. Microsoft needs to focus as it is trying to be all things to all people.
    Keep engineering amazing products


  9. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great looking office, good working environment to engineers. On the job time devoted to ongoing learning (monthly day of learning, on site lectures and events) and global hack events giving lots of opps to learn. Some offices have Maker centers for access to maker/IoT device development (for fun).

    Cons

    Large org can be challenging to navigate outside of your core group.


  10. "tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    very good salary and very organized

    Cons

    i love to work in big company like iy


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