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Updated December 5, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1189 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 530 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing and challenging place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Sales Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solution Sales Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers / teamwork
    Compensation and benefits
    Career opportunities
    Amazing technology

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy as expected in a huge corporate environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on growth mindset and do not forget about the front line employees who are driving the company's success.


  2. "Inventory Control Expert"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks and learning from management and systems. lots of exposure.

    Cons

    Growth from retail to cooperate not there

  3. "Working 15 hours a day, including weekends."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Yo get to work with Microsoft technologies.

    Cons

    Working 15 hours a day, including weekends.


  4. "Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "BSS"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Company Review"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "UX UI Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Marketing at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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