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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  1.  

    Good Company but lots needs to change to be the best.

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

    Pros

    Diverse culture, lot of opportunities, being in the middle of great technology company are the best reasons to work for the company. Medical benefis are great.

    Cons

    Salary is very low compared to the same level for other companies. Work life balance is a complete disaster. Middle management expects too much out of you. They want you to not only achieve your goals but super exceed in every goal to get a promotion or a good bonus. Some of the middle management people are not even managers. they do not know how to manage or asess people if they are good or bad. They think that if you talk more and stay late then you are great and otherwise not. Particularly MS IT is a bad place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match industry salaries for both new and old employees after giving the same type of benefits. Give more and get more. Cut many people in between senior management and employees. Make managers to just not drive people but to listen and trust people under them. There are too many products and services that the company offers. Please do not try to compete in everything and not master anything. Please focus on specific things and master it and be the only one who can give the best of it.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Still a pretty good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Principal Architect
    Current Employee - Principal Architect

    Pros

    Variety of products and businesses mean anyone can find something interesting to them, even if their interests change later. Some of the people you will work with are very smart, world famous experts.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to ship software. The stock doesn't go up as fast as it did before, but stock is still supposed to be a big part of your total pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people, including senior managers, accountable. Too many people get promoted after having a major role on a failed project.

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