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Great place to work as a summer intern.

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Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

The internship program at Microsoft is excellent. They seem to treat interns as full time employees in terms of work. They also have lots of pretty fun events over the course of the summer and you get a chance to meet a lot of other interns and network within the company. They also pay really well.

Cons

The project I was given could have been more interesting, but that seems to vary a lot between interns.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company losing trust due to a sea of politics, destructive stack ranking, micro managed scorecards and non-innovation.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lovely campus, financially healthy, good only for fresh hires, windows is sold at cheap price.

    Cons

    1. Stack ranking is a killer that promotes people to work against each other, backstabbing, etc.
    2. No innovation
    3. Non-competitive in nature
    4. Always late to market
    5. No reward for technical skills
    6. Poor decision makers in higher management.
    7. Long release cycles
    8. Bureaucracy and Politics overrrides everything including healthy competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am sure there is no need to advice to management as the whole management chain is rotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid, overworked, treated like crap

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor
    Former Employee - Product Advisor

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

    Pros

    The company itself is very good and provides good benefits and perks, including free products at certain times. At times the job involved playing XBOX and running fun workshops for kids. It's an excellent company to have on your resume, and there is some potential for using it as a springboard to a corporate position at Microsoft (although I cannot say how possible this really is).

    Cons

    The pay for the position was laughably low given the requirements and expectations, and significantly lower than Microsoft's major competition. Many staff were temps brought on from agencies, who were strung along for months with no idea if/when they would ever be awarded full-time positions. Store management varied between absent, incompetent, childish, and downright awful human beings, and poisoned the working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the management team and replace them with people that understand the importance of creating a positive working environment. Stop hiring from Future Shop, Staples, Best Buy, etc. and source managers from stores that make customer service and atmosphere a priority: Microsoft retail should be treated as a boutique, not a big-box retail outlets, but management does not seem to understand this.

    Pay your employees better. As in, enough to actually live on in Toronto. The pay is acceptable for a part-time position while one is a student, but is not enough to keep full-time employees from pursuing better options, particularly given that with the skill set Microsoft helps develop, they could likely earn 2-3X as much elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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