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I was one of the lucky few interns to feel like I was working at a startup with the aim of learning and not making $$$

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Former Intern - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great intern program, GREAT pay, supportive team structure, they spoil you like crazy, beautiful location (Seattle), LOTS of design flexibility with your project, you are treated like a real member of the team

Cons

low key projects in big company - fell like I don't have enough contribution. Good for first internship if you are bound to make lots of mistakes, experience depends A LOT on the individual team and manager - so not guaranteed

Advice to Management

Let the interns have a little more of a say in which project they ca work on. If they are excited about it, you'll get better results

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    A company full of resources

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good processes
    Lots of resources and experts to talk too
    Great benefits
    More flexible working styles in about 60% of available jobs, some though are 8-5, or clock oriented
    Work with smart people
    Beautiful Redmond Campus with Great cafeterias right on campus
    Microsoft employees are amazing at Rallying to a new vision, when one is set.

    Cons

    Highly competitive
    Expected to work independently, without direction, but still held to a high output goal
    Expect to work more like 50 hours a week, including checking email on the weekends
    Only hourly employees would get overtime
    Such a large company that sometimes there are conflicting agendas: example - "don't hire more vendors that have badge access AND ALSO Headcount freezes and scrutiny on replacing open slots" So, sometimes the work is heavy, but they don't reduce the expectations.

    Advice to Management

    The orange badge policy is silly, for no payback. Either let open spots be filled, or let the employees hire the vendor help.

    Change the bell curve model for annual employee reviews. If you hire A+ performers, there is no reason to think that 25% of them will be low performers, mathematically speaking. Inspire everyone to be great by setting divisional goals with rewards.

  2. Overachievers wanted!

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart people
    lots of products/strategies
    Long-term thinking
    amazing campus

    Cons

    smart people
    lots of products/strategies
    Long-term thinking
    insular at times, too internally focused

    Advice to Management

    people are your greatest asset. don't make the workplace a "Hunger Games" environment. don't eat your own!

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