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A good start from Microsoft

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Current Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
Current Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than 5 years)

Pros

I 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.

Cons

As 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.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of big company benefits
    I got to see the world - literally
    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    You have to be a corporate dog to get on in the company
    You can only go so far in a non managerial position
    Career progression is not really meritocratic

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people to work with, not for.

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    Former Employee - Architect in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Architect in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, generally speaking. Good benefits beyond salary. A name people recognize - although not as cool as it used to be.

    Cons

    Low end of market salary. Work/life balance issues. Absolutely stupid rating/review system. They let, if not encourage many good employees to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balmer is finally going - although in retrospective - the fiscal performance of Microsoft has been impressive. It has major cultural/HR issues and they have lost sight of what is important - developers and staff that aren't completely self promoting/self interested.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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