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Research Intern happy with experience

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

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great benefits, incredibly smart people, worldwide impact. You will have all the tools you need to do a great job if you have the energy and motivation. You can meet with anyone in the company if you can find time; everyone is happy to help each other out, to give feedback, to talk about career advancement. You will be paid better than at other similar companies. An internship at MSR is more structured and more productive than at IBM or Google; you will also be encouraged to publish.

Cons

The commutes around Redmond are horrible. There are no trains or light rail options; you must be on the road whether in your car, a bus, a carpool, on a bike or on foot. From near the 520 bridge in Seattle, the commute takes between 30 and 120 minutes. Microsoft's "hero" culture can be tough for new employees to navigate. Shyness will get you nowhere.

Advice to Management

Train managers to be managers. Good engineers do not automatically make good managers.

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  1. Tough to beat straight out of college

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Although huge, the part of Microsoft you work at is run like a small business. You will know your entire team and management. The work is challenging and used by millions of people. Compensation, especially benefits, are top notch.

    Cons

    Huge corporation, uncertain growth opportunities. Have to use Microsoft home-grown or acquired technology.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mimic Apple or Google in order to beat them.

  2. be surrounded by smart people and led by fools

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people are all around.

    Cons

    organizational bloat stop forward thinking progress.

    Advice to Management

    out of touch senior management need to be replaced.

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