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Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

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Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

Cons

Can be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

Advice to Management

Microsoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    not too good

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and average pay - you get what you work

    Cons

    very slow company - things move vefry slowly


  2. Great opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade difficult to grow quickly

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Shipping software that is used by over 300 million people around the world is no mean feat and if put on the right projects you have a lot of things to boast about. Great place to learn the technical nitty gritty. Opportunity to work with, learn from and compete with some of the best minds in the industry.

    Cons

    Growth vis-a-vis the amount of effort does not match in certain groups. Long release cycles could delay promos. Large pay discrepancy within the same level.

    Advice to Management

    There is a large gap between different groups in terms of the rewards people receive v/s the amount of effort they put in to get that reward. Some teams receive multiple promos while some others do not while individual within each team puts in equal effort. This is an area that needs serious improvement.


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