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"Excellent intern compensation package...quirky company culture"

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Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft takes good care of its interns. Competitive compensation, including relocation, help with rent during your internship, a variety of intern-only field trips, and your choice of commuting benefits: car rental, bike plan (MS pays most of the $$ for a new bike), public bus pass, and wi-fi enables Microsoft commuter buses.

Job satisfaction will depend on which team you are embedded with.

Cons

On some teams, the expectation is that interns won't make a real contribution; and that your internship is just a public relations sales pitch to potential future employees.

The company culture is quite quirky; it seems that many employees aren't genuinely or wholeheartedly invested in Microsoft or the project their working on....evangelize Windows Mobile to your co-workers during the day, and play on the iPhone after work. Perhaps it's just about a nice paycheck and excellent benefits package.

Advice to Management

I found the mid-level managers to be quite competent; though sometimes there is a good-ol'-boy mentality to reward those who've been at Microsoft for awhile (rather than reward competence). Steve Ballmer can be embarrassing.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Why working at MS?"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of cool technologies. Many leading products are developed at MS. Some teams value innovation, security and quality, but not all.

    Cons

    Crowded place, can get easily lost there. Incompetent managers. Review system sucks big time.
    The work place can get very unfriendly because every because everybody fights for good reviews

    Advice to Management

    Try to understand people better. Don't just copy other companies, foster innovation inside the company as well. The review system is crap


  2. "A decent place to develop if you have good team members."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The products you work on will be used by millions of people. Employees of Microsoft are very bright and the culture is welcoming.

    Cons

    As a developer I wasn't too keen on the software development model they have. The PM/test/dev model works okay but in my experience there was too much wasted time trying to communicate between the three roles. I feel like more work would get done if there were less meetings and interruptions throughout the day.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders seem to be well informed and smart enough to make good decisions business wise. Management wise, I think most employees felt that there were better places to work with more freedom and less procedure. I understand that it's necessary in a big company but bureaucracy doesn't feel good for software development .

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