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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.

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  1. "It's Who You Impress"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Higher than average compensation
    Opportunities for professional growth
    Some teams work on cool technologies
    Relatively stable company

    Cons

    Your career limits are based on who you impress with your performance. You have to do the things that management cares about even when they're bad for the company
    Your credibility is determined more based on who you know rather than what you've accomplished
    Long work hours are expected
    Seattle weather sucks

    Advice to Management

    Success depends on execution not just strategy. Top management needs to be more involved in execution.
    Being overly centralized in Redmond (with 40,000 employees in the area) creates a distorted reality. Listen to employees from all over the world and take their input seriously.


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    "Customers don't matter"

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    Former Employee - Content Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Seattle, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; good work/life balance on my team, but it depends what team you're on. It still looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Juggernaut career climbers who destroy a group to make themselves look good. A company who's only strategy is to draft behind innovators and maintain profits for the big shareholders. Impossible to get anything done without getting buyoff from tons of people. Employees are incredibly unaware of what's going on in the rest of the industry. Strong sense of entitlement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying other people's innovations and start really putting your own blood into the game. That's the only way this company is going to learn how to own what it sells, care about the customer, and really be accountable instead of just talking the talk.

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