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Updated November 13, 2018
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  1. "UX UI Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - UI-UX Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - UI-UX Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and office environment.

    Cons

    I have lower pay than industry standards (contractor).

    Advice to Management

    Let Designers make their won design review meetings.


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life Balance
    Good office environment
    Other employees were very bright
    Boss was very laid back and loyal to his employees

    Cons

    I was there for almost 6 years, on contract the whole time.
    Very centralized - local markets get orders/decisions from the US team on product design without much input

  3. "BSS"

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    Former Employee - Business Solutions Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Solutions Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good company.
    - Lots of opportunity.
    - Well known company.

    Cons

    - Too much red tape, it's too hard to get stuff done.
    - You spend half your time getting approval for anything.


  4. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Good working environment
    2. Benefits.
    3. Work life balance

    Cons

    1. Less salary compared to US
    2. Not many options within current location.


  5. "Solution Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    educated people, well managed, very sales oriented in Canada. Products are becoming better.

    Cons

    For the last 10-15 years Microsoft was so happy about achievement that it didn't pay attention to a lot of products. The good news is that under new CEO culture is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Management is actually very good.


  6. "Marketing at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, solid training, RRSP matching is excellent. Great people

    Cons

    Too many priorities to market for, too many meetings - hard to balance work and life


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    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    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.

  8. "Partner Marketing Associate (coop)"

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    Former Intern - Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible experience, got lots of leadership opportunities and met important contacts

    Cons

    Company structure can be limiting


  9. "Amazeballs"

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    Current Employee - Janitor in Arctic Bay, NU (Canada)
    Current Employee - Janitor in Arctic Bay, NU (Canada)
    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


  10. "Working for Microsoft Canada is like stabbing yourself in the eye - repeatedly."

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

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

    Pros

    Getting Microsoft on your resume - if that even means anything anymore.

    Cons

    Microsoft Canada is like a parody of what a company should be. It's full of people who are deeply bitter that they aren't working in the US, and are trying everything they can to work their way to the US HQ. In my time here, my manager told us to lie about our work to corporate and fudge numbers to make them look good.

    When I protested, I was told that I "wasn't a team player", and "didn't understand how Msft worked". I got out quick, and I would never want to work for a company that rewards sociapaths and liars quite as blatantly as Msft Canada does.

    What's even funnier is the kool-aid drinkers in the office, who walk around telling you how "lucky" you are to work for Msft. These folk - most of whom have never worked anywhere else - are typically the ones working overtime to cover up the messes they make when the E&Y audit emails come in.

    I came from one of the FAANG companies, and I deeply regret thinking that Microsoft might have changed.

    Advice to Management

    None whatsoever - you all know that this is going on, and you don't care, as long as you can get to go to billg's house once a year and see his trampoline room. It's sicking to see the lack of ethics and morals that permeates this office.


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