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Excellent internship

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  • Work/Life Balance
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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

Pros

- Flexible project choices
- Good mentorship/coaching experience
- Projects that make an impact
- Good networking opportunity with management and other teams
- As intern you get many intern related events, and of course the intern gift

Cons

- Didn't really take my team ranking into consideration, got assigned to a random team.
- Office type work environment vs. open space work environment (such as in Facebook or Google).
- No free food.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a large, well-established employer that offers a host of great fringe benefits, such as a gym membership, legal support, life insurance, etc.. Salaries are fairly competetive and if you are a programmer or project manager, there are thousands of opportunities. For most roles, work hours are flexible with regard to start times and the like. There are a lot of training opportunities as well as tuition reimbursement as long as you are working towards a degree.

    Cons

    The performance management system sets up a somewhat hostile environment or at the very least an undercurrent of distrust and one-upmanship. You are reviewed against peers and other people in your 'level band' within your organization and across the company. There are a lot of politics involved and your score can become very subjective based on the Manager/Directors perception of you, rather than your actual accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent and as transparant as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people and products but you will work very hard

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Business Administrator  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great networking and teamwork plus a fun environment. I learned a ton from my peers and loved the morale events we had.

    Cons

    The work never ends and you can't effect much change. Plus you are constantly getting a new boss or new VP and that makes it very challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to reorg so much, it's the reason I would never come back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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