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Fantastic research-driven workplace where you will be surrounded by smart, friendly coworkers

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Doctoral Intern
Former Employee - Doctoral Intern

I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Researchers here work much like they would in academia on self-directed projects.
Colleagues are smart and able to offer insightful feedback.
The facilities are lovely and well-appointed.
Pay is generous; vacation time and benefits are more than adequate.

Cons

There are very few cons to working at MSR.
I worked as a doctoral intern and I was disappointed that there were not more opportunities to be hired full-time upon finishing my degree.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    balance in many ways

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits
    Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Slow to innovate
    Performance model creates barriers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and scrap the performance model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredibly intense, definitely worth it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Brilliant geeks who are fun to be around. The culture is quite laid back and one of the least "ole boys club" environments I have worked in.

    Cons

    The stack ranking system sucks. It incentivizes you to work under managers who manage bad employees so that you look good.

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