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A good place to learn about a big company

Current Employee - RDAA in Taipei (Taiwan)
Current Employee - RDAA in Taipei (Taiwan)

I have been working at Microsoft part-time (more than a year)

Pros

a well-structured company, as a part-time student working there, employers are patient to teach you stuff as long as one wants to learn

Cons

too well structure and hierarchy, couldn't feel the passion about creativity or its own products

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid, overworked, treated like crap

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Advisor
    Former Employee - Product Advisor

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company itself is very good and provides good benefits and perks, including free products at certain times. At times the job involved playing XBOX and running fun workshops for kids. It's an excellent company to have on your resume, and there is some potential for using it as a springboard to a corporate position at Microsoft (although I cannot say how possible this really is).

    Cons

    The pay for the position was laughably low given the requirements and expectations, and significantly lower than Microsoft's major competition. Many staff were temps brought on from agencies, who were strung along for months with no idea if/when they would ever be awarded full-time positions. Store management varied between absent, incompetent, childish, and downright awful human beings, and poisoned the working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the management team and replace them with people that understand the importance of creating a positive working environment. Stop hiring from Future Shop, Staples, Best Buy, etc. and source managers from stores that make customer service and atmosphere a priority: Microsoft retail should be treated as a boutique, not a big-box retail outlets, but management does not seem to understand this.

    Pay your employees better. As in, enough to actually live on in Toronto. The pay is acceptable for a part-time position while one is a student, but is not enough to keep full-time employees from pursuing better options, particularly given that with the skill set Microsoft helps develop, they could likely earn 2-3X as much elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work to grow not only business but also your self.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    You will be working in a high speed and world-class business environment, so you will be able to have a chance to grow yourself that helps building your career.

    Cons

    it is a huge company so sometimes making decision seems too late because they tend to wait until everything is ready.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be nice if management thinks more about end-to-end customer experience (from before-purchase, using product, to customer-support). Because of the size of the company, each division is focusing on their business area only, and divisions sometimes dis-connected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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