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Updated Jun 3, 2014
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4.3 146 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Great benefits and people if you can find them

    User Experience Design Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsPay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

    ConsLack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to pass an internship

    Services Intern (Current Employee) Santa Fe, NM

    Pros+ Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons- There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned a lot, great people, great perks

    Program Manager Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    ConsExperience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsInterns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    ConsThe culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to intern.

    Software Development Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsVery flexible hours as long as your work gets done. Many people here work 40-50 hours per week and you're not looked down upon for doing so. Overall nice work environment. Work with very skilled and experienced people. Interesting work.

    For interns, pay is among the best for tech companies and the subsidized housing and rental car make it even better. Intern events are also awesome.

    ConsSometimes have to deal with legacy systems. As with any huge company, there's some annoying bureaucracy to deal with. In many groups, there are no coding standards, insufficient code reviews, and extremely poor documentation. Work with lots of custom internal tools which means that experience here is not very transferable to other companies in some cases.

    Biggest con though is there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm from people in their day-to-day work; many people seem to be here to just do a decent job and get paid but don't care deeply about actually improving the customer experience or making their projects succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet mid and lower managers to make coding standards, code reviews, and documentation more of a priority. Yes, it's boring stuff but it would really save time and money in the long-run by reducing the number of bugs and duplicated effort. Make company-wide or division-wide standards (like Google's style guidelines) for the commonly-used programming languages.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

    Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    ConsCan be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Microsoft, a great place to work

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

    ConsThe weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good big company

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Prosall things are well scheduled and regular meetings are hold. All things are doing step by step and finally successfully finish.

    ConsThere is no individual heroism, what works is the system, not a specific employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the entry software more challenges to help them grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    ConsAt times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good start from Microsoft

    Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsI don't know much about Microsoft, but know Microsoft Research Asia. As a industrial lab, we have freedom and support to do great research, both for improving products directly or long term purpose. The atmosphere is creative.

    ConsAs a industrial lab, Microsoft Research Asia has high standard facility but less students compared to university. Researchers have to be accustomed to do experiments most of the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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