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A Good Place for a Start

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great place for an internship. Allows you to get real world experience and make a difference. The work is challenging, guided while not being too stifiling. HR works well with the interns, ensuring that they are taken care off. But with so many interns (and regular employees), "things" are bound to happen. While definitely not the best in the industry, the benefits are decent enough.

Cons

Too big. Small fish in a big pond complex. Sometimes you wonder how much you can climb. Some people may be arrogant, which can be a bit of a turnoff sometimes. And of course: the stigma of the evil empire.

Advice to Management

Be more open and transparent with the rest of the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Microsoft at the Center of the World

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

    Pros

    Microsoft believes its mission is to provide people around the world with tools that enable them to make their lives better. Tools that empower people to communicate, solve problems and innovate. Its a noble cause, for which one can feel some measure of pride. Microsoft is growing, perhaps not as much as we would all like, but it is increasing employees every year. The opportunities across professional disciplines, businesses and geographies are significant. Want to work overseas? Pick a country; transferring is relatively easy. Want to work on an incubation product, or perhaps the big dog Windows? Ok. Transferring between business groups can be done too. One can amass a diver portifolio of experiences here. It offers a unique career development landscape. And because Microsoft has such a diverse set of businesses, it can weather economic or geographic risk pretty well, meaning it is a place where one can feel some semblance of job security.

    Cons

    Microsoft is now a very large company. It has all the problems faced by other large compnaies: too much process, too many stakeholders to make decisions quickly, becoming political at the top, too disconnected from customers. It is a complex matrix that can often get in the way of doing the right thing, and doing it quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Lead. Lead. Tell people where Microsoft is going, why it is going to be great for them, and build some electric enthusiasm around the journey.


  2. Great place to work; but beware of the groups!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries: The salaries are VERY competitive. This is common knowledge in the Seattle area. Unlike other companies, we are offered a salary that is hard to beat and they are willing to meet you halfway if they can when it comes to compensation. The Benefits: We pay absolutely NOTHING for healthcare, vision or dental... NOTHING... Our insurance is the best and we don't even have to pay co-pays or for medication... Furthermore, MSFT offers a Legal Plan to employees... It also pays for gym membership to the best gym in town Pro Sports Club. The Perks: Software and devices offered by MSFT can be purchased at the MSFT Store for super cheap. You also receive a Discount Card which has THE best discounts in all of Seattle. Imagine buy one entree and get the second free at the nicest restaurants in the city? This program applies to anything you can imagine - from restaurants to zoos/aquariums, plays, car purchases, spas, travel, you name it!

    Cons

    Hours, High Expectations on Deliverables. This isn't so bad when you consider the benefits and salary. You just need to learn how to balance.

    Advice to Management

    I think it all depends on the group. However, it is important to get feedback from your team as you drive efficience and excellent performance throughout the fiscal year.


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