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Well-designed internship program

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Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

They encourage people to move around the different parts of the company every 18-24 months. So one need not feel stuck no matter how un-motivating the current group or work is.

Efforts to promote meritocracy (but not always successful, as some politics naturally creeps in, in such a large company)

Great work/life balance.

Various events to keep employees up-to-date of the new technologies.

Great food of every kind in the canteens.

Parking never an issue.

Cons

I was a finance manager intern, and before joining I did not realize that finance is implicitly viewed a support function. The influence of finance partners is not significant in the major decisions.

Groups work in their own silos, with little transfer of best practices among them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break down the silos.

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    Great place to work if you enjoy a competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart people at one's peer level; incredible philanthrapic benefits and culture such that it's both encouraged and supported w/dollars for employees to give time and money to charitable organizations.

    Cons

    The performance review process drives some unwelcome behaviour, including short-term fiscal year focus and a more competitive than collaborative environment. Though there's a recent attempt to focus more on collaboration, effectiveness is still very much considered only at an individual level rather than a group level. The 'greater than the sum of our parts' concept doesn't foster easily in that culture, which is a missed opportunity. There's also a lot of bureaucracy. Finally the annual financial budeting process is now such a mystery that finance ends up making funding decisions for the organization without understanding the opportunities and risks of such decisions.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Smart, A type Personalities with leading technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - The name Microsoft rings a bell, even amongst the ultimate Microsoft haters.
    - You will work with some of the brightest minds in the world
    - Heavy on collaboration, but uses our technology to the fullest so remote work is easy
    - The culture is still hip and alive, and just simply a fun place to work
    - Wear whatever you want to work, everyone else does (unless you're in Public Sector and/or DC)
    - Always cutting edge technology on your personal equipment (although internal tools are lagging)
    - The benefits are the top of the top; you won't find better, even at Apple or Google
    - The work is demanding, so being challenged is not hard to come by
    - The software, partner, and prime card discounts (if in WA) are the best
    - Healthcare benefits are second to none, although changing in 2013
    - Work/Life balance is pretty nice, depending on your area (Engineering, not so much)

    Cons

    - Finding internal opportunities are difficult as politics and networking are front seat versus talent
    - The salary can be so so and the performance reviews can be a downfall
    - Old school management = old school technology thought process = slow to market with leading edge tech
    - The reputation of Microsoft is being hammered daily, and Apple as now surpassed Microsoft in value, revenue, profit and perception
    - Most positions have the worst onboarding, so the sink or swim philosophy is alive and well
    - Middle management are high performers with volunteer people management duties; finding good managers are becoming more difficult
    - Microsoft doesn't reward you well for outside experience if you're not coming in at a high level (Lvl 64 and above)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help with the proper onboarding with talent instead of assuming they'll come on Monday and do A+ work on Tuesday. Additionally, make internal job searches easier and friendlier. Credit people for their hard work before Microsoft versus the thinking that only Microsoft has hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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