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Updated Feb 27, 2019

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  1. "Great place for a data scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    With most Microsoft products getting online the amount of data you get to work with is enormous. A lot of low hanging fruit (few people looked at the data before you) means you can generate a lot of impact. Great infrastructure for working with large volumes of data means you spend more time analyzing the data and less worrying about processing it efficiently.

    Cons

    You need to be skilled in corporate politics. Not everyone is bought into being data driven, and ownership issues may get on the way.

    Microsoft2018-01-18
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Follow your passion and you can have a great career here"

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    Current Employee - Principal Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities abound and you can explore a wide variety: different stages of businesses (research, incubation, startup, mature), different roles (software engineer, data scientist, etc.), different regions (USA, China, etc.), and many other dimensions. Make sure you know what your management chain values and how their performance is evaluated and work on projects that align to their values and performance goals. ...

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    Cons

    Performance rewards are based on impact but we don't quantify impact.. How and why rewards were given has become a black box. You will always be able to find a company that offers more pay/rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to giving context to performance rewards. Performance rewards have become a black box, I did XYZ and received $D. But why $D? My management chain doesn't communicate context just the numbers.

    Microsoft2019-02-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Location, Benefits, Friendly People"

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    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a beautiful office. There are interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    Working in a remote location with headquarters in Redmond means you wind up on teleconferences. And the folks at the HQ end don't always remember to turn on the video-conferencing.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize to Redmond folks the importance of video-conferencing

    Microsoft2018-01-17
  4. "Really good talent, low productivity dues to extreme politics!"

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    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, every employee receives an office, good company store benefits, ample parking.

    Cons

    Your better product may not see the light of day, because you may be stepping in someones foot!

    Advice to Management

    Was always: drop Balmer! They finally did it.

    Microsoft2014-02-12
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