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Updated February 7, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge" (in 1197 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 530 reviews)

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  1. "Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - PhD Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to collaborate with the best in the field. Build connections that will help in your future research career.

    Cons

    Intern time is short. Not enough time to dig deep. You'd better come with some research idea with you when you start the internship.


  2. "Good place to work, limited if you're on contract"

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

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

    Pros

    - Cutting edge technology, you really have so much impact on your customers and helping them transform their business
    - great, bright colleagues

    Cons

    - if you're on contract, you're very limited in your growth. The company has few FTE positions so landing one is quite challenging. Keep networking!

    Advice to Management

    - More FTE positions- it's clear that many of the contract positions are critical, why not convert them to FTE
    - Top mgmt is very open to chatting and very friendly- like the fact that it's not so hierarchical

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  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. "Guardian at Mixer"

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    Current Contractor - Enforcement in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Enforcement in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work from home and flexibility

    Cons

    Contract and no security


  7. "Logos"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good company to work for.Great pay

    Cons

    none.KEEP GOING GREAT JOB OVERALL

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

  8. "Great Employer"

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    Current Contractor - Account Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Account Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good pay
    Great learning opportunities with new technology

    Cons

    Lots of moving pieces with a big ship, job stability at times uncertain


  9. "Excellent"

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

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

    Pros

    Mission, People, Current Technology, Benefits, Charity

    Cons

    Hard to resist working extended hours and maintain work/life balance


  10. "Great Environment (at times), little room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work life balance is a focus
    - great benefits

    Cons

    - pressure to learn and keep up to date with new training modules, but urged to rush through rather than take the time to learn. Encouraged to let modules play while you are still working so you don't really focus on it.
    - not a lot of roles available to be promoted and when there is one, there is a lot of competition. Basically have to wait for someone to quit to get promoted.


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