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Microsoft Calgary Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1944 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 1676 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1089 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the culture. Everyone is pleasant yet hard working. The benefits and coverage is amazing. One of if not the best place I have ever worked at. If you have a an interview, I would suggest trying your best. They are picky and don't let just anyone into their oasis of fairness and welcoming mentality.

    Cons

    Must be very compliant and follow procedure to the letter. Most companies don't operate at this level of rule following.

    Advice to Management

    At my location, none. They do their job well as can be expected, too err is human and they hardly do that so kudoo's.


  2. "Premier Field Engineer"

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    Former Employee - PFE in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - PFE in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    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 :)

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Looking forward"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Free drinks, snacks and software.
    Some good staff as long as your are not ex Staples, Future Shop, Best Buy, they seem to have a bad attitude...just saying.......

    Cons

    Everyone is Micro Managed, with some managers who think they would be a level 3 or 4, are just a 1, maybe. Should hire management that have some tech knowledge, and not from just any retail store...
    They do not like to see long term staff move up within the company, prefer to hire from other MS stores, or Staples, Best Buy or some other retailer ie: hardware stores, pet stores, clothing, all which have no relation to technology as far as I know

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people who started and have been there from the beginning..... or you will see more and more people quit before you fire them for what ever reason......STOP MICRO MANAGING


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As company has highly skilled people employed and around you which creates chanlleging and competitive environment

    Cons

    Management and HR is not care about you and your performance, highly corrupted environment...its not your technical skills or performance to survive in this company but its matters how good you are at buttering your boss...They is mental and physical harrasment for females, and if you escalate you lose your job..no legal action or even acknowledgement of issue from management . If you opt for internal transfer, you are treated as alien and external candidates are more preferred than retaining old employees who served for more than 6 years
    The saying holds true for MS - all that glitters is not Gold


  5. "Great place to succeed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to develop your brand

    Cons

    Don't expect anything to be handed to you

    Advice to Management

    Modify utilization bonus structure to take into consideration the type of enagements


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