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Updated December 13, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A solid internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Managers and mentors do make themselves available to interns. There is also not much pressure placed on the intern project, which is good and bad. It's good because it allows you room for exploration and a stress-free experience, but the lack of expectations can also be demotivating. Sidenote: Microsoft really pampers interns with activities, gifts, etc. to show off the best of the Puget Sound.

    Cons

    Constant internal restructuring. Teams and projects may dissolve, and as a result, your work may not be used. (Maybe I was just on a volatile team) Also, there is no means to find out if other teams are doing similar work as yours or have made headway on the same problems. I would attribute this to scarcity of information and also organizational complexity.


  2. "Microsoft Work Culture Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work culture and the environment is super beneficial to the employees.

    Cons

    Employees get too comfortable with the benefits and loyalties and might stick to a single team in Microsoft for a long time

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work if you aren't trying to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Literally no work
    Payment
    Seattle
    Free public transit
    Satya
    Looks really good on my resume now

    Cons

    Every other aspect that one could imagine. Please see advice to management.

    Advice to Management

    I worked at Microsoft this summer as an intern in Bellevue. I’m writing this with a friend who also worked at Microsoft. He didn’t find out his commute would be an hour an a half each way every day until the first day of work, and he did not have a car. One fun thing was during my summer, everyone moved floors, except for me and three other interns. So for 6 weeks of the summer, I was literally alone on the floor, without an office or any adults to talk to. It was as if they forgot we existed. My boss came into work maybe 10 times over the course of the summer. It was considered a “fun” and “different” day if he was there! I personally felt very underutilized, having little to no work to do every day. My friend also had a project that took him 4 weeks to complete (the internship is 12 weeks), and 3 of those weeks were spent trying to get people to respond to emails.

    Fast forward to the school year after. I emailed my recruiter and my former boss telling them of my upcoming plans to not return due to this experience and wish to be literally anywhere else on this earth next summer. It was a nice email, well-intentioned. Neither of them responded to me. It baffles me that everyone at the company makes literally no effort to capture and retain talent. At a dinner I had with my recruiter, he literally said: “We just can’t compete with Facebook or Google” in regards to recruiting anyone. Maybe you could if you made any effort, like responding to my emails or making it seem like an interesting place to work, or giving me work when you are paying me.

    But it was fun to be in Seattle! I met my current lover there. Also work had free drinks (but nothing else). If you are looking for a job where you have to do next to nothing and get paid lots for it (aren’t we all), Microsoft is the place for you! Personally, I have ambition.


  4. "good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    good management in the field

    Cons

    bad stress load on the field

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees as humans


  5. "Stable Company"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable peers
    Stability
    Great salary
    Good perks
    Seattle is cool

    Cons

    I hesitate to list this, but my mentor did not speak English very well. He was a great engineer but wasn't able to communicate very effectively with me.
    Stagnancy


  6. "Good company to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing level, management and team

    Cons

    I'd be cool to work on fresh products or projects.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Place to work and start your career. Great mentors and Great team

    Cons

    Not any cons to think of

  8. "Work Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment to work and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Nothing much to say about this company


  9. "A great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company and a great company to work for. As a person who appreciates diversity and ethics, it would be hard to find a better company than Microsoft.

    Cons

    Lean has become the key attribute of success at many of today’s leading companies. At Microsoft however, it’s noticeably absent. Most of the Product managers I’ve worked with don’t even understand SCRUM, a methodology derived from TPS \ Lean. MS would be wise to look at how companies like Amazon and Nordstrom have implemented Lean in every area of the company.


  10. "Decent company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like fitness, 401k match, relocation
    Opportunity to switch teams with lots of options

    Cons

    Growth is stuck.
    Individual contributions are not valued much.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the engineers and think about their career growth, job satisfaction.


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