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Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research

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Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Smart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

Cons

The housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work!

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  1. Pretty good place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Reasonable salary
    - Nice summers in Seattle
    - Lots of opportunities/technologies inside the company
    - Can grow in an individual contributor or managerial path.
    - Some extremely talented people

    Cons

    - Pockets of incompetence, especially outside the core moneymaker teams
    - Lots of legacy to deal with
    - Cross group collaboration is sometimes a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    - Get the right talent on the online businesses
    - Clean up the Windows Mobile mess.
    - Fix marketing

  2. Helpful (7)

    Don't work in MSIT

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    Current Employee - Tech Support in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with new MS technology
    You like the safety of a large Co with few real competitors

    Cons

    Terrible place for IT people, they don't value IT workers
    You will only work with MS technologies (bad for IT people)
    You will be subject to incompetent middle managers, who will control your career
    You will have to pretend VISTA didn't suck
    Food served on campus is horrible
    You will be laid off first or replaced with cheap overseas labor
    Co stock is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Why would I give you any advice?

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