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Microsoft Research and Development Reviews

Updated May 11, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, innovative work, optional work-life balance

    Cons

    Bonus may not be as competitive compared to Google/Facebook


  2. "Working at MS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people and Ideas. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not enough managerial support with no explanation

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Still the best private computer science research lab"

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

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

    Pros

    Bottom up philosophy.
    Opportunity for impact through tech transfers with forward looking product groups.
    Opportunity to publish interesting and relevant findings, contributing to the academic community
    Company is becoming again very innovative and forward looking

    Cons

    Perks and compensation are not as good as in other top tech companies


  4. "Best internship experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a very nice environment, lots of research experts to help you to conduct research

    Cons

    I didn't get accomodation so I need to find somewhere my self for the internship which was a little hard in summer

    Advice to Management

    I like msr a lot.
    May be there should be group meetings there so that we could know anout each others research


  5. "Internship at Microsoft Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Place where you can find and talk to a lot of talented researchers and engineers. This place motivates and inspires a lot.
    2. Microsoft treats their interns really good. And in my opinion research interns have move benefits and better internship than university interns.
    3. Salary. One of the biggest salaries you can find as an intern. Plus you'll work on project related to your research.
    4. Area is great, a lot of places to see.

    Cons

    1. It's much harder to get a job at Microsoft Research after your internship comparing to university internship. MSR doesn't hire a lot, it's very hard to get there. This internship mostly gives you an opportunity to have new connections which you can use in your research.
    2. Weather in Seattle is not very good during winter, however this summer was one of the best summers. +30 Celsius, lot of sun, almost no rains.


  6. "thoughts after 3 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Good if you want job security;
    2. single office; enough private space.

    Cons

    1. politics;
    2. low salary;
    3. high pressure;
    4. work not get reward.


  7. "the best company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great friends, great fun, great employer, great money

    Cons

    some co-workers are immature. Sometimes management gets impatient.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.

  8. "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


  9. "Microsoft Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo - Worset place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Well organized offices and a nice environment to work

    Cons

    - Managment is very bad
    - A huge discriminating gap between CSGs (contractors) and FTEs (full-time employees)
    - Salary is below the median.
    - Medical insurance is very bad.
    - Not stable ( if you were in a startup, it will be more stable )
    - there is no work-life balance.
    - The mode of operation is not helping you to learn much.
    - No appreciation for your work.

    Advice to Management

    - Try to keep good talents better than that.
    - Try to grow your lab projects


  10. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary; great teammates; startup-like culture (in my project); work-life balance.

    Cons

    doesn't move as fast as startups; lack of full-time PM and designer.

    Advice to Management

    Give head count to full-time PM and designer