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"Fun experience"

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Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

Cons

The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Big ship making a big sweeping turn."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teams are great, strong personalities, and great to work with. Working across groups is difficult as commitments do not align and everyone is focused on their own delivery.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and calcified culture. Hot teams are HOT, not teams are not. Rock stars get the spotlight, but the person that delivers every day, the person that executes without self-promotion is no valued.

    Advice to Management

    What does Microsoft aspire to be? Are you hiring, nurturing and retaining talent to get you to that goal? Or, are you filling your team with like-minded resources creating an echo chamber of self-approval?


  2. "A great place to learn from many different experiences then move on."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I had an amazing run at Microsoft and managed to stay over 8 years. During that time, I had some wildly fantastic roles that were personally gratifying and taught me more than I believe I ever would have learned in an academic setting or a different corporate setting.

    Cons

    The culture is bizarre. That is the best way for me to describe it. It is a super passive-agressive environment where most are set on checking boxes within their own individual commitments that generally don't accrue to broader business agendas. The recent reorg should theoretically help with some of that especially if there is an overhaul in the performance management process as well as an overhaul on where the company should focus (good luck, new CEO).

    Advice to Management

    Get the troops aligned towards a focused, meaningful vision that is more than just lip service.

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