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Updated September 5, 2017
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  1. "Technical Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation with good worklife balance

    Cons

    Performance oriented and limited opportunities to grow in other career areas


  2. "Good As a Job Not a Career"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Control Expert in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Expert in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health and dental benefits you can buy into. Great perks when it comes to software.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth if you are primarily sales based. A lot of unorganized managers. Not many perks when it comes to hardware.

  3. "Enterprise Services"

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

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

    Pros

    Stable Environment
    Work aligned with company strategy
    Lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Low visibility within the company
    Hard to grow
    Work/Life balance is challenging

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Career Management and Growth opportunities


  4. "Transformation while keeping shareholders happs"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great time to be at Microsoft, the company is finally moving away from selling traditional on-prem licensed software to ITDM's, and moving into selling business outcome based solutions in the cloud. Very exciting time as the company pivots on it's customers rather than it's products. The company truly values it's employees and wants to make a difference all over the world. Although we exist to make a profit by helping our big enterprise customers solve their real problems, the profit we make from that is to support the end result of helping others, lots of charity work being done.

    Cons

    During this transformation, the company needs to operate like a startup and absolutely everything internally needs to change, however, Microsoft's board of directors and many of it's shareholders are old guard who are only interested in a short term profit and don't see the value of allowing the company to invest in itself to handle this transformation, so you always feel the pressure to make the number at all costs while operating like a non-profit. Sometimes you get the feeling competitors are moving far ahead despite the koolaid you're drinking.

    Advice to Management

    Let the stock price take a hit and invest a few billions back into the company to handle this transformation so we don't all feel like we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.


  5. "Product Advisor"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work out. Perfect job while in school

    Cons

    Just like with any retail job it is hard to actually move up.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on work-life balance


  6. "BI manager"

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

    Pros

    Changed culture that truly rewards intra-preneurship and getting what is best for the customer (no longer Microsoft only)

    Cons

    Still a massive organization that can be difficult to navigate


  7. "PFE Role at Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It looks good on your CV.

    You will have access to people who are extremely knowledgeable (e.g.: you can talk to members of the product team, directly or indirectly)

    The salary and the benefits are pretty solid.

    Cons

    There isn't much training or training material (beyond what is already publicly available). So it's up to you to try to learn on your own (particularly since you're not hands-on).

    Performance reviews are very heavily focused on metrics which might have little to do with your actual job. Also stacked ranking is alive and well, so your basis for comparison is other PFEs at that level as you (e.g.: level 60 -- non-senior PFE). However, some of those people might have been at the company for 10 years, so by comparison you might fail to obtain a top-quadrant review (which affects your bonus).

    There is a fair amount of travel and you can't necessarily get around it, because one of the most important metrics is utilization. So you could spend up-to 70% of your time travelling.

    Work-Life balance isn't good because you need to do a lot of preparatory work and follow-ups (one PFE manager stated that he didn't know anyone who did less than 60 hours of a week of work).

    The services division at Microsoft is a lot less organized than you'd expect.

  8. "Sales Specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Solution Sales Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Solution Sales Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In my opinion the work site was pleasant with many options such as open cubicle, small desk, closed office for collaboration, open areas to talk or work on tables with small team. Good PCs provided for work, most of the SW you need is installed and ready. Cafeteria good - easy to find coffee and healthy snacks . May be great place to work if you are happy with your role.

    Cons

    Much of the staff (2-5 years) appeared to be super-stressed. Work-life balance was seemingly impossible due to the many demands of customers and needlessly complex processes of approval to support any actions to help customer - every hour had to be billed somewhere. This is not a great place to work if you are not satisfied with role, and more $$ will not fix that problem.

    Advice to Management

    Look at employees and recognize that many people are struggling to complete more work than is possible in days/weeks. Serious effort required to reduce the complexity of processes - don't blame "checks and balances" when situation really is a tangled mess of disjointed processes


  9. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meet with great people. But you dont feel as important to the team

    Cons

    too much standing, dont feel important, long shifts and breaks are short


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Life at Microsoft - Not as great as people think"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and stock options. Used to be a great place to work but not anymore

    Cons

    Half the people don't do anything but get away by favoritism. Big talks in presentations but no action


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