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Updated February 15, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great and big Company, lots of smart guys

    Cons

    Too big and some time with low efficiency and high reaction latency

    Advice to Management

    Try to flatten the group, and merge similar work group


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    "Business Sales"

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    Current Employee - Business Sales Representative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Sales Representative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Growth, Fun, Positive, Inclusive

    Cons

    Pay is not so great

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee growth and development

  3. "Great place, re-orgs are a pain"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are endless
    Management chain is top notch
    Tech is current and leads the industry
    Lots of budget for training
    Great people
    The Garage!
    Pay is very good.

    Cons

    Re-organization happens a bit too frequently
    You may not end up in a sensible place after a re-org
    Not particularly remote-friendly

    Advice to Management

    Allow remote work to grow and thrive


  4. "Microsoft Canada is an amazing work opportunity. Environment is friendly, pay is great, work is fun."

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

    It sometimes feels like Microsoft is the only big player left that actually cares about people. It's a lot easier going than I hear from other companies.

    Cons

    Pay is slightly less than what you can earn elsewhere. I also need more words for the twenty wires minimum


  5. "Great employer where you can have a career"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Respectful environment. Projects with a large, worldwide impact. Great compensation. Intelligent and diversified coworkers.

    Cons

    Large teams meant you were a cog in the machine. It also meant not using your full range of talents. You easily became a super specialist of a very specific area. You can't have the same impact on the product vision as with a smaller company.


  6. "Good employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment and company culture, nice colleagues and managers. The salary and benefit is okay compared with local companies.

    Cons

    Much lower salary than the same position in the office in Seattle. The options of teams/techs here are also pretty limited.


  7. "Software Developer Intern at Microsoft Garage"

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    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Developer Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to work, many things to learn, great mentors and a wonderful panoply of resources available. Highly recommended.

    Cons

    Not as much free food as Google?! Pay is also generally lower than in Redmond, but higher than 99% of other companies in Canada.

  8. "Great company with lots of tradition"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of amazing and qualified professionals working here.
    - Lots of structure and support for employees.
    - Loads of extra benefits.
    - Fairly good pay level

    Cons

    - Slow moving.
    - Lots of process.
    - Bureaucratic to a certain point.
    - Too big, which means too many people and sometimes not enough owners.


  9. "Consumer Service Advisor"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    The culture is amazing at Microsoft. Even at a retail level, the company takes care of it's employees extremely well. The perks of the job and the opportunities are unlike any other in retail. Definitely recommend working for Microsoft in any capacity.

    Cons

    Compensation could be a bit better but it's not the worst. You really gotta fall in line with company directives and depending on your manager this can be a real pain.


  10. "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class products and people that build them. Flexible work environment. Great company culture and a company that cares about it's employees, customers and consumers.

    Cons

    Not the best at marketing our products and sometimes too risk-averse (less so now, as that is changing).


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