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top choice for an industrial research lab

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Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Working at MSR is very demanding but very rewarding. You work with incredibly smart people, you are given an array of opportunities to learn and interact with all aspects of the research division and the whole company, the tech talks are great -- every day there are a few invited talks on all sorts of topics, the atmosphere is very comfortable (e.g. no overload with meetings), you set your own goals, agenda, and what you want to accomplish.

Cons

Success at MSR is measured more by papers you publish, and less by code you write. If you come in as an intern, the expectations are that you will get a paper our of your summer project. You could code up the coolest system in the world, and even it is very practically useful (even for MS products), it might not be worth much unless you can identify the novel aspects that distinguish it from prior work, write a paper about it, and publish in a top conference. This can be hard to take for people who enjoy development or who don't know how to (or don't want to) write good papers. An exception is tech transfer, but this doesn't happen as often as it should, researchers have to go out and convince product teams (who are often skeptical) to use their ideas. MSR is a great place if you like pure research, going to conferences, and implementing quick mockups and prototypes, and don't like writing and shipping production-quality code. MSR is not so great if you dislike paper deadlines.

Advice to Management

Keep investing in MSR, actively encourage and reward tech transfer. Encourage researchers to work on bigger projects with more impact even if it means that they won't be publishing papers for a while.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Microsoft. One more can you say?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, career opportunities. They know what they're doing as far as enterprise applications. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    If you're in some groups, it's work work work. In others it can be pretty laid back. It just depends. Your friends complain to you about Microsoft products.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify. You need to explore other areas and take some risks.


  2. Pay attention to your talented team members

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Partner Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people they employ are very smart and interesting, therefore making the workplace environment fun and challenging

    Cons

    Reorganizations hurt the business flow and disrupt the work environment, ultimately affecting customers and partners

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of looking for the talent within


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