I worked as an outsource partner for Microsoft via Volt and VMC. It was a great experience,
Service Delivery Support Team Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 8 February 2016
Working for Microsoft as an outsource partner was a great experience. We experienced some of the perks of being associated with Microsoft - free drinks and snacks. The work environment was great, with great people.
Great people and work environment
Not an actual full time Microsoft employee, with all the associated benefits
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – 8 February 2016
The work is easy and fun but there's no training and absolutely no career path, and the pay and benefits are as low as possible. There's a lot of turnover, as you have to be perfect to have your contract renewed. You'll make many friends, but then see them of them simply disappear one day. It's grueling, but if you make it through you'll have some good Q.A. skills that will allow you to move up and out to another company.
Processes that work, culture that rocked, people that were awesome
Inventory Control Expert (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 1 February 2016
Each day had a routine, and that routine made sense. Heavily team based. We were all trained on how to use Microsoft products, and then used those Microsoft products everyday at our jobs. Made that job and my future jobs a lot easier to do. :) There was 3 weeks of training in a hotel while the store was built. Tonnes of fun and really helped build a sense of community and commraderie amongst the retail staff. Paid decent wages for retail staff. TONNES of benefits and perks. Free drinks and snacks and if there was ever an event, free food too. Great initiative amongst the management teams to keep everyone motivated. No room for advancement beyong retail though. The corporate offices are in Mississauga and I don't believe there was a channel to take from retail to corporate.
Free snacks / drinks, great culture, tonnes of benefits and perks
Mall retail hours, no corporate advancement, SUPER lengthy interview process
Sales Support Manager/Analytical Specialist (Current Employee) – Mississauga, Canada – 13 November 2015
I have very good experience of working with Microsoft. It's great to work with a bunch of creative and brilliant ppl here. If you want to learn and sharpen your business skill, Microsoft could be a place to go.
Account Executive - Public Sector (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 2 November 2015
The one thing I enjoyed most about being an account executive was meeting new people. I have met some amazing people over the years. Also, since it was a company that continued to grow/change it kept my job always interesting.
Distribution & Logistics Manager (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 14 August 2015
Great place to work, met Bill Gates a number of times, co-workers were fun to work with, reviews were always a challenge, learned the meaning of hard work and invested a lot of hours, learne tecnical knowledge and I was very excited to work there.
Product Advisor and Community Development Captain (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 August 2015
Overall a fun place to work but poor management makes it not as enjoyable to stay. If it was better managed it would be a good place to work because it's a very laid back environment for a sales position.
Customer Service/Tech Support representative (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 21 July 2015
Working at Microsoft was nice. I learned some good computer skills and how to process returns and reship orders. I also learned how to troubleshoot Windows 8 operating system. Management was nice, but they didn't always keep you in the loop because we were only temps. My co-workers were fun and enjoyable to be around. The hardest part of the job was dealing with angry customers. The most enjoyable part of the job was when I was able to help the angry customers and come up with solutions so they would be happy customers by the end of the phone call.
Senior Software Developer (contract) (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 2 June 2015
I greatly enjoyed my time at Microsoft. The people there are top notch and technically brilliant. The company has great resources and very interesting technology. I was originally working with Microsoft Research which during my time there was shut down with no advanced warning. This seemed a bit too heavy handed. I was transferred to a product team and became the only person from my original group to retain employment. Less than a year later I was present for yet another reorg where all of the consultants (myself included) were let go. Chalk it up to good/bad luck. I would still not hesitate to recommend Microsoft as an employer.