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"Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research"

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

Smart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

Cons

The housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work!

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    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay package, great health insurance & benefits, lots of little perks, access to cool technology, challenging & interesting workplace, smart & diverse coworkers, employees are encouraged to advance their careers within the company, good training classes, opportunities for promotion (depending on the team you're in)

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be bad (depending on your team), recent layoffs have dampened the morale of employees (nobody knows if there will be more layoffs), lots of pressure to perform better than your peers and get promoted, too many layers of management, too many meetings (so work is often done after hours), huge amounts of process get in the way of getting work done, hard to move inside the company (almost the same interview process for internal & external candidates)

    Advice to Management

    In the interest of morale, layoffs - if they can't be avoided - should be done in one large cut instead of dangling them over the workforce for a long period. Hierarchies should be flattened and useless layers of management cut. Make it easier for people to transfer inside the company and good teams will attract more talent while bad teams will fizzle out naturally.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work envirenment, work life balance, oppurtunity to work on many diffrent projects( system level development to distributed systems, web design etc), great to aquire solid technical expreince, seattles a great city to live in

    Cons

    The rain, not many networking oppurtunity outside microsofot

    Advice to Management

    need more incubation projects becoming products

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