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"Great location. Great people. Great benefits."

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

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

Pros

Lots of intern activities. Great work environments. Free sodas and Starbucks coffee machine. Great cafeteria. Nice place to do research.

Cons

Weather is nice during Summer but not so good the rest of the year. Have to work long hours but pay is not hourly so no overtime bonus pay.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Vast opportunities within an amazing company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities, people are great and motivated, many challenges to work on, benefits are great.

    Cons

    Too big so you can get lost if you are not paying attention to your career. Public doesn't think highly of the brand, which is frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with people, understand consumers, innovate more, reward disruptive ideas, don't be afraid of trying.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mentally abused"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It has several great systems in place and was a great company in the past.
    If you are a just starting your career, Microsoft is a great place to work for two years. You can learn a lot about how a big company works and take all that knowledge with you. Technology wise, they only use Microsoft software which is bad if you want to join other technology company that maybe built on open source software.

    Cons

    It kills your potential.
    To succeed in Microsoft the primary skill you need is perception management. That means you need to be a great politician. If you are busy working and doing the right thing for the company without playing the game, be sure some else will take the credit for your work. Actually doing the right thing for the company is a bad thing for you. Your focus should be only in growing your manager’s kingdom that may include sabotaging their competition and doing what is wrong for the company.
    The company is setup to hire young people and get rid of the old. So you have a medical plan that you probably won’t use much anyway. Since 2013, the medical plan is not that great anymore.
    In the end, keep your eye on the ball which is to maximize the benefits you can get out of Microsoft. If you spend your time in doing the right thing, do not expect the same in return. Do it knowing you will not get the same in return.

    Advice to Management

    Change from a competitive environment to a cooperative environment. We are not in school anymore.

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