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"Fantastic research-driven workplace where you will be surrounded by smart, friendly coworkers"

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Former Employee - Doctoral Intern
Former Employee - Doctoral Intern
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Researchers here work much like they would in academia on self-directed projects.
Colleagues are smart and able to offer insightful feedback.
The facilities are lovely and well-appointed.
Pay is generous; vacation time and benefits are more than adequate.

Cons

There are very few cons to working at MSR.
I worked as a doctoral intern and I was disappointed that there were not more opportunities to be hired full-time upon finishing my degree.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience at the lower levels, frustratingly demeaning as you move up."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of career options, self-driven, intelligent people.
    Global, diverse company - can learn about emerging markets, mature markets, B2B, B2C, developing a new strategy, etc.

    Cons

    Top-down management style has led to fear of speaking out, paralyzing the company.
    Too many people act in the best interest of maintaining their job, when the company needs to go through drastic change to adapt to the changing market.


  2. "Great place to work with lots of opportunity"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy to move around and work on different products, learn new skills, etc. Best health benefits I've heard of. Great work life balance - not many people are actually working more than 40 hours/week when it comes down to it.

    Cons

    The company feels stagnant, the days of stock making millionaires is long gone. Not entrepreneurial at all, you are a number.

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing tail lights.

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