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"Best place to do a research internship"

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Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

+ World class researchers
+ Friendly environment
+ Great projects
+ Lots of perks for the interns
+ Weather is great during the summer
Great experience overall

Cons

Nothing in particular. 3 months may not be enough for a full fledged project, so it takes a lot of effort, but it is worth it

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a good company to work for. It offers:
    - Good benefts, such as good pay, good health benefits, child care help
    - Many groups and products to work on, so there is a breadth of technological space covered
    - Very diverse work styles in different teams, some with v1 culture, other much more mature

    Cons

    - Smaller pay than other big companies in the field
    - Some benefits that others offer (like free food) are not seen
    - Some teams have a lot of process to follow, which slows them down


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Generally good benefits-- medical, dental, health club, PRIME (local attractions) discounts, etc.
    2. Many smart people

    Cons

    1. Review process and calibration curve appears to favor and disfavor employees due to politics
    2. Calibration curve results in limited partnerships/collaboration among peers in same band
    3. My pet peeve: nearly all parking spaces are marked "compact" so SUVs regularly ding my door

    Advice to Management

    Peer reviews are suspect when the manager requires reviews from peers in the same calibration band. Many employees adopt a "Prisoner's Dilemma" philosophy. You don't want to be in a small, elite group like mine b/c when the bell curve is applied to small groups, these micro curves create an overtly political atmosphere when applied in the absence of hard performance metrics. My group does not have hard performance metrics.

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