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MBA Internship at Microsoft

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Former Employee - Product Management Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Product Management Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

1. People
The people at MS are amazing in how much they are willing to help out with anything and everything. They are very smart and very passionate about what they do. It is fun to meet them and work with them. The Kellogg alumni at MS are especially helpful and nice.

2. Networking/Company Culture
The company encourages a lot of networking and exchange of information. It allows you to meet people from other groups and learn about their projects. It is nice to know that the work you're doing does not stay in a vacuum and that you are able to leverage other people's knowledge and best practices, so that you're not spinning your wheels.

3. Opportunities
It is encouraged to rotate and spend 16 - 18 months with different groups and doing different things, so it gives everyone a great opportunity to network within the company and try different things.

Cons

1. Team Culture
My team had an intense culture, due to all being ex-consultants and due to working on the strategy of the flagship product. It was a different culture than I expected and was therefore disappointed. However, I did enjoy working and collaborating with them. It was more of a personality and style issue. So my advice would be to interview the team as they are interviewing you during the second round.

2. Size of the Company
The company felt really big and it felt like it could swallow someone who was not doing the "right" things (e.g. networking constantly, changing jobs every 18 months, working intensely on side projects, etc.). I felt like it added an extra step on the responsibilities that came with the job.

3. Seattle
Seattle was a fun city to be over the summer. However, I could not see myself living there over the long term. It felt too small and much less urban than I had imagined.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I wish there was closer monitoring of managers who are already known to be "difficult" when interns are assigned to them. I don't know if this would be through GMs or the HR contacts, but I've found it to be necessary.

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    Too much expectations, high pressure , low recognition..

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft is filled with smart people.

    Cons

    Too much expectations, high pressure , low recognition..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For god sake there are things like motivating employees. I am not referreing to perks and trips, but I am talking about talking with employee and encouraging him to do what he is doing best. Recognizing hard work in a simple meeting with upper management is the best reward I can think of.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overhaul in management and process

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    * Extremely flexible working hours
     * Opportunity to work on some really cutting edge technology and projects
     * Working in Windows/Office gets you to experience working on a project, proportions of which you won't see anywhere else
     * Really good benefits :)

    Cons

    * Management is REALLY scared of making changes
    * Too much process in almost all aspects
    * A lot of cool features are developed but cut without any rhyme or reason
    * Turf wars are common...but more annoyingly teams won't take responsibility
    * 100s of hours are spent in pointless meetings trying to pacify everyone or eating donuts
    * Waste of resources....employees are not pushed hard enough...too lax goals
    * Promotions are very hard to come by...even though you may be reviewed quite well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Make smaller teams
    * Raise goals
    * Give employees responsibility for features and ask them to follow through
    * Reduce PMs and have more developers instead and ask developers to do that work
    * Offer more promotions
    * Have more daring features...if the features are so pointless that most customers don't even notice, then even teams don't feel like doing them
    * Remove employees who have become complacent with their jobs and positions. Hire fresh blood

    Disapproves of CEO
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