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"Summer internship"

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
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Pros

Possibly the most structured internship on the planet. Summer camp for college students

Cons

ummmm.. It really depends on who you are - I just felt kind of lost in the company. However, it really is a great company - they treat their employees really well

Advice to Management

try and relate more to the new hires

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Politics rule"

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

    Pros

    Very talented people. Pockets of passionate engineers. When it's good, it's very good.

    Cons

    Overly political in the last few years. Playing the game for promotions and favoritism is rewarded over actual talent. More of an emphasis on moving up any way possible over focus on working at being the best engineers in the world. Too many who think they are better than they really are.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let the team's get to work. Get rid of that review system and reward talent for being good at what they do rather than how good they can play the system.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great benefits but uninspiring work and really confused management."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits - Healthcare support is excellent, I have gotten so many expensive procedures and tests done from the best doctors and not had to pay a single penny. Also great for families for this very reason **Although most benefits will erode by 2013

    Broad portfolio of products - If you get bored of working on office products, you can work on xbox or search (bing) or developer tools (visual studio). Microsoft makes everything!

    Good support staff and facilities - Shuttle bus services, prime card discounts etc. etc.

    Good Innovative work in VERY SELECT groups. Just pray you get into one of them and never get re-orged out.

    Cons

    - Re-orgs - I have been in this company or almost 3 years and switched teams twice and barely got to write any code, why? Because the group cannot decide its org structure so it keeps re-orging and the developers as a result never get to really *work* on stuff. I've noticed this in two different organizations (servers & tools and Bing). Re-orgs are KILLING employee morale, wasting company money and serving no real purpose.

    - Too much bureacracy - I have to jump through hoops to switch to a different job within the same company. Ordering a freakin' Book is a nightmare.

    - Bubble effect - Most people are heavily soaked in the company kool-aid and don't realize that Microsoft products are slowly getting irrelevant in the market. Some people don't even have a clue about what the competitive products are out there. People will have intellectually dishonest debates with you just to satiate their over inflated ego rather than understand what a hole the company is in.

    - Very low on CREATIVITY, very little ORIGINALITY. Everyone likes to do things in an certain way - its like a government job.

    - Lot of politics at Principal and General Manager Level. Sometimes who speaks the loudest gets ahead - although its a truism in most places but its sad to see this happen in a technical, facts driven company.

    - There is SOME exciting work happening, but you need to be in the right place and pray to got that you don't get re-orged out.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-orging! You are killing morale, disenchanting developers away to google/facebook/amazon and you are wasting your own money

    Cut the management hierarchy.

    Fix your review process.. the stack ranking model is creating unhealthy competition which causes individuals to self-promote themselves rather than the product. You have prima-donnas who will argue on some nitty gritty technical detail to prove their superiority and earn brownie points. Bring in peer review process!

    Pay more - you are paying way below average. Ever seen what Amazon pays?

    For god sakes get some originality and get in tune with the market .

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