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Updated November 11, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge" (in 1197 reviews)

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  1. "MSRA (Microsoft Research Asia) is a GREAT place to work in"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good culture. Everyone is willing to help. It is more like a university in that it has so many students as interns.
    - No office politics. Everyone learn from anyone.
    - It is such a famous place in terms of research in China. It is among the first research institutes that were established by US companies.
    - Yet it is fully independent to choose research directions and topics.
    - Highly productive in NLP and CV researches.
    - You have many and many opportunities to see top researchers and great engineers. For example Xiangyang Shen, Raj Reddy....
    - Many fun. Interest clubs, events, food nearby....

    Cons

    - The only con I could come up with is that, sometimes it is more about research than engineering here in MSRA. If you don't like research at all, be careful.

    Advice to Management

    (Probably more on compensations?....)


  2. "Great Company, Learnt a lot as a contractor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, complete welfare. For those willing to learn, there are a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    If some PM did a better job, there would be less worthless overtime working.

  3. "Intern life at MSRA"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Strong academic atmosphere: reading groups + invited talks from top researchers worldwide + work focus on cutting edge research of your focused field
    2. Rental is settled by company (reserved hotel for interns) and round flight tickets are reimbursed
    3. Flexible working time (although most chose to work overtime)

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive, although most of interns there are not for the pay : )


  4. "Like Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the innovative environment there

    Cons

    Work burden a little bit high


  5. "Intern at Microsoft Research Asia"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your rent got covered. A lot of snacks everyday

    Cons

    Interns do not get into too many activities


  6. "summer intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great company to work for, great working environment and atmosphere

    Cons

    nothing bad, this is a great company


  7. "Cloud Solution Architect"

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    Former Employee - Cloud Solutions Architect in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Cloud Solutions Architect in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leading-edge technologies, fair work environment, good team

    Cons

    A little bit slow reaction

  8. "research intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good Compensation and Benefits. best Career Opportunities for a Ph.D. student

    Cons

    every thing is good, i think.


  9. "Recommend MSRA"

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    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Environment, Smart Workmate

    Cons

    Payment is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Raise the package


  10. "Good place to go"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDE1 in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - SDE1 in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart ppl around
    Bigger teams (easy to transfer between)
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Deep hierarchy
    Level discrimination
    Weird evaluation methods

    Advice to Management

    Please only let experienced people be a manager


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