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Updated October 29, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1180 reviews)

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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. "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.

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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.


  4. "Good place to learn"

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

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

    Pros

    Great looking office, good working environment to engineers. On the job time devoted to ongoing learning (monthly day of learning, on site lectures and events) and global hack events giving lots of opps to learn. Some offices have Maker centers for access to maker/IoT device development (for fun).

    Cons

    Large org can be challenging to navigate outside of your core group.


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative workplace, would recommend

    Cons

    Can get lost sometimes, big pond lots of fish.


  6. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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