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Excellent intern compensation package...quirky company culture

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft takes good care of its interns. Competitive compensation, including relocation, help with rent during your internship, a variety of intern-only field trips, and your choice of commuting benefits: car rental, bike plan (MS pays most of the $$ for a new bike), public bus pass, and wi-fi enables Microsoft commuter buses. Job satisfaction will depend on which team you are embedded with.

Cons

On some teams, the expectation is that interns won't make a real contribution; and that your internship is just a public relations sales pitch to potential future employees. The company culture is quite quirky; it seems that many employees aren't genuinely or wholeheartedly invested in Microsoft or the project their working on....evangelize Windows Mobile to your co-workers during the day, and play on the iPhone after work. Perhaps it's just about a nice paycheck and excellent benefits package.

Advice to Management

I found the mid-level managers to be quite competent; though sometimes there is a good-ol'-boy mentality to reward those who've been at Microsoft for awhile (rather than reward competence). Steve Ballmer can be embarrassing.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    Awesome or Awful depending on what you are looking for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft varies immensely from division to division. The core divisions (like Windows, Office, etc) each hire thousands of engineers. You will spend all your time working on some tiny aspect of one big, great product. If you are cool with that, and cool with the idea that ten years from now you'll be doing very similar work for just a little more money than what you now make, Microsoft can be great for you. It is a comfortable big company with good pay. You'll have decent work-life balance most of the time (again that can vary from group to group).

    Cons

    As an SDE at Microsoft, above average smarts are not really going to take you anywhere. You might end up in a group doing something cool and cutting edge, but your career trajectory and compensation are going to be the same as folks in some mediocre group elsewhere in the company. That can kill motivation over time. Microsoft has become too big and unlike the 90s it is no longer the most preferred tech employer. They no longer get the "best and the brightest". They hire way more SDETs and PMs than they need.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management almost exclusively consists of people who have been at the company for twenty years. While most of you are great, you still need to get senior executives from outside Microsoft who can bring in a new perspective and provide better leadership in emerging areas like the online space.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues. Too much politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company to work for, until you get to a level where politics become too common place and you find yourself having to go through artifical exercises of self promotion in order to maintain visibility.

    Cons

    MIddle management is relatiely weak throughout.

    Advice to Management

    It's probably time to get some fresh blood at the helm.


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