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Where do you want to go? Imagine the opportunities you’ll have in a company with 90,000 employees in more than 100 countries, working on hundreds of products.
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Cool stuff happens here

When smart people who are excited about technology get together, what they create can change the world. Microsoft spans the globe, but campuses have cool features that feel like a start-up, like foosball tables, soccer fields, basketball courts and other ways to blow off steam, plus places to eat and just hang out. Get around town free and easy with Connector shuttles and go from campus to campus or building to building in a chauffeured Prius ride. This isn’t your parents’ Microsoft.

Benefits & Perks

Our employees work hard, and we believe in making sure we’re giving back to them—both at and away from the office. Here’s a list of our most popular benefits and perks for new graduates—but really, this is just the beginning.

Leading health & wellness care:
  • Medical & hospitalization: Industry-leading health coverage, more than many other companies offer.
  • Vision care: One annual eye exam and reimbursement for one pair of glasses or contacts per calendar year.
  • Dental care: Choose between a basic plan or a plan that covers more—including orthodontic services.
  • Physician house calls: Yes, that’s right. In the Seattle area, doctors can come to you, 24 hours a day.
  • 24-hour health line: Receive useful, easy-to-understand information 24x7 to help you make sound healthcare decisions.
  • Free on-campus health screenings and flu shots: Taking care of yourself is as easy as picking up lunch with our on-site Living Well Health Center.
  • And so much more, including life insurance, disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group legal coverage, dependent and healthcare flexible spending accounts, weight management programs and office ergonomics support.
Savings & investments:
  • 401(k) Plan: We match 50 cents on every dollar you defer pre-tax up to a pre-tax contribution rate of 6 percent for a maximum matching contribution of 3 percent of your eligible compensation. You can also contribute up to 7 percent of your eligible compensation on an after-tax basis.
  • Employee stock purchase plan: Each quarter, we can purchase Microsoft stock at a 10% discount off the market price during a defined purchase period.
  • Goal planner investment program: Save money from your after-tax (net) pay for anticipated future expenses. Benefit from your own personal discount brokerage account, direct investment deposits through payroll deduction and financial planning tools.
Training & development:

In addition to tuition and textbook reimbursement for approved work-related course, we offer amazing internal resources such as technical, management and professional development classes, a visiting speaker series, TechFest and even our own library.

Time off:

15 paid vacation days, 10 paid sick-leave days and 8 paid US holidays, plus two personal days to call your own each year.

  • Volunteer & gift matching: Donate cash, stock or products to your favorite nonprofit agency, and we’ll match dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 per year. Volunteer your time in the community, and we will donate $17 per hour to the eligible organizations you serve.
  • Gyms & fitness: We offer paid memberships to full-service gyms or extra dollars in your pocket to spend on your own fitness program.
  • On-campus retail shops and sports fields: Work and play at the campus social hub, The Commons, which offers a salon and mini-day spa, mail center, bank and 11 different restaurants. Spend your free time browsing our retail shops for the latest bike and ski gear. Drop off your dry cleaning. Join in a pickup soccer, basketball or cricket game on our sports fields. Play an impromptu round of Xbox with co-workers.
  • Sports equipment check out: Need a break? Check out Frisbees, basketballs, soccer balls, bocce balls, footballs, volleyballs and even bicycles to enjoy the most our campus has to offer.
  • On-campus cafes and kitchens: On our Redmond campus alone, we have 33 cafes, 37 espresso stands and 500 kitchenettes stocked with 35 different types of free beverages. Our employees eat 35,000 meals a day, and we’re the only “3 star green” corporate dining operation in the world!
  • Microsoft Connector shuttle and bus fleet: 55 Wi-Fi and power enabled coaches and shuttles transport employees from their Seattle-area homes to work and back, saving 200,000 car rides per year. Once on campus, our shuttles make hopping from building to building quick and easy. During your interviews, you’ll get a preview of this service via our exclusive Recruit Shuttle.
  • Social clubs: From dodgeball to photography to theater, we’ve probably got the social club for you—and if we don’t, start one!
  • Discounts: Enjoy substantial savings on Microsoft products through our company store. Take advantage of tons of nationwide and local lifestyle discounts, like restaurants, travel, spa services, pet care and car repair. Our employees also get special offers and discounts for technology, arts, entertainment and sporting events.
  • Flexibility: Whether you are an early bird or a late riser, flexible work hours allow you to work when you are at your best. Our dress code is simple: you have your own style; we expect you to bring it.
  • Electric Car Charging Stations: Access the ChargePoint Network, an open-platform network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout our Redmond campus and around the globe.

Employee Events & Programs

Here is a taste of the many Microsoft programs to help you learn, risk, achieve, and grow.

  • Microsoft Garage. This community of over 1800 members empowers grassroots innovation at Microsoft. This is the place to incubate prototypes, websites, and tools.
  • TechFest. Attend an annual employees-only gathering where you can hear innovators from worldwide Microsoft Research computing labs demonstrate and get feedback on their projects.
  • Microsoft Ideas. Refine and present your ideas by participating in an online brainstorming community aimed at how to improve Microsoft’s products and businesses.
  • Visiting Speaker Series. Come be inspired by some of the best thinkers and doers in business and technology.
  • Breakfast Series. Start the day—over a free breakfast—by learning about new strategies, business plans, and products.
  • Channel 9. Our most popular community blog full of engaging videos that help you see behind the scene of what’s going on with Microsoft developers, customers, and other employees.
  • Microsoft Mentor Program. Partner with a seasoned employee who knows the ropes and can help you develop your skills, achieve your goals, and find your way within the company.


Our Teams, Your Opportunities

Microsoft is organized into several major functions and disciplines to deliver exceptional devices and services to billions of people and millions of businesses worldwide. Individual but connected, we work in small teams to focus on a specific function or discipline. Then those teams collaborate with one another to ensure compatibility and communication across our inventions.

What this means for you is depth and breadth of opportunity. We offer a variety of jobs, spanning our many technologies in offices around the world. Come to Microsoft to meet and learn from interesting and talented people, and to make a real impact on the world.

Advanced Strategy and Research

The Advanced Strategy and Research group focuses on research, trustworthy computing, the intersection of technology and policy, and our cross-company view of key new technology trends. Teams include Microsoft Research, Trustworthy Computing Group, Technology Policy Group, Startup Business Group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures Team.

Advertising and Strategy

The Advertising and Strategy group partners with the Marketing group and acts as a multidisciplinary specialty team that oversees a range of projects involving advertising, strategy, media, compete, research, brand, data, and analytics.

Applications and Services

The Applications and Services group leads broad applications and services—core technologies in productivity, communication, search, and other information categories. Here you'll find the research and development teams across Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SkyDrive, Bing, Bing Apps, MSN, and the Advertising platforms and business group.

Business Development and Evangelism

The Business Development and Evangelism group builds the company's relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors, and developers. This group includes Developer & Platform Evangelism, Corporate Strategy, and business development teams.

Cloud and Enterprise

The Cloud and Enterprise group builds and powers the company's computing platforms, developer tools, and cloud services, including the Cloud OS, Microsoft's next-generation back-end platform. Teams include Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Azure, Windows Server, System Center, Windows Intune, and the physical data centers.


The Microsoft Devices Group is responsible for development, manufacturing and supply chain management for Microsoft’s entire family of first party devices. Personal devices spanning tablets, smart phones, feature phones and wearables to large screen devices like Xbox and Perceptive Pixel are all created by the worldwide teams within the Microsoft Devices Group. With leading brands including Surface and Xbox the Microsoft Devices Group partners with the rest of Microsoft to bring high value scenarios to life for billions of customers around the world. Microsoft is excited to welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to the company and incoming Nokia employees to the team. To learn more about job opportunities within the Microsoft Devices Group, please visit the Nokia Career Site.


The worldwide Finance organization includes teams for acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, internal auditing, and investor relations.

Human Resources

The Human Resources group is responsible for global staffing, compensation, benefits, organizational development, diversity, and workplace culture.

Legal and Corporate Affairs

The Legal and Corporate Affairs group oversees the company's intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, and government affairs, public policy, corporate citizenship, and philanthropic work.


The Marketing group reaches and engages consumers, businesses, and employees globally and is a single, unified group across products, services, and devices. The group is home to centralized and connected advertising, brand, communications, and media teams.

Microsoft Business Solutions

The Microsoft Business Solutions group focuses on development, sales, marketing, and operations for Microsoft Dynamics, a portfolio of business tools that includes Dynamics CRM and Dynamics ERP.

Operating Systems

The Operating Systems group leads the strategy and development of operating systems across consoles, mobile devices, PCs, and back-end systems. This team builds the platform and experience showcased in Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox devices. It also includes core cloud services for the operating system.

Sales, Marketing, and Services Group (SMSG)

SMSG delivers our family of devices and services to customers and partners all over the world. It includes worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support, IT, licensing, commercial operations, and Microsoft Stores teams.

We’re practically everywhere

While we have offices in nearly every city across the country (and globe), we typically hire new grads and interns into the locations featured here. We encourage you to pursue available opportunities wherever you are or would like to go. So dig a little deeper on this page, and find out where you can do what you like to do.


Offices in hubs of the Asia-Pacific region, Beijing and Shanghai are playing an increasingly significant role in Microsoft’s global innovation strategy. The Asia teams focus on five major R&D directives, including mobile and embedded technologies, web technology products and services, digital entertainment, and servers and cloud computing, and emerging markets.


The campus is a genuine showcase of diversity with highly skilled software engineers of more than 40 different nationalities; if you have an international mentality and love the feeling of powering the world, you’ll fit right in.


Microsoft runs six business units in India that represent the complete Microsoft product lifecycle -from contributing to product development, to researching alongside the best for solutions that look at emerging markets, to supporting businesses worldwide, to marketing world-class products. If you are looking to make a difference, this is the place to be.


Employees have the opportunity to collaborate across products and team in this diverse workplace with a breadth of international-focused technologies, including networking, cloud, and computational linguistics. Awarded “Best IT Workplace in Ireland” four years in a row, including amenities like Microsoft company store, on-site gym, a subsidized canteen, and a Starbucks coffee shop.


The Israel Research and Development Center is strategically situated in two main locations. Herzeliya, heartland of Israel's high tech industry and Haifa, with the vision to harness the talent and innovation of the Israeli high-tech industry (the largest startup community outside the U.S.) and build global products and technologies in key growth areas. The center is comprised of core product efforts and incubations in the areas such as big data and business intelligence, cloud, machine learning and personalization.


Microsoft Japan is a unique community of smart and passionate people who truly enjoy tackling technology’s biggest challenges and driving the innovations that impact how the world lives, works and plays.


Delivering search technology to the most demanding companies around the world, developers are working on search, Big Data, machine learning, massive scale, cloud service delivery, and app experiences across all devices here. Ranked “#1 Great Place to Work in 2013,” this campus includes amenities such as table tennis, foosball, and skateboarding- all allowed inside.


Microsoft Russia has offices in Zelenograd and Moscow and is helping Moscow become the next Silicon Valley. Microsoft Dynamics and Skype are two of the main exciting technologies that are being worked on in Russia.

United Kingdom

Microsoft U.K. has multiple offices throughout England, with its main campus located in Reading. All our offices in the U.K. have breakout areas to allow everyone to get their hands on our latest gadgets. We also have subsidized restaurants plus a host of clubs and social activities for our employees. In the U.K., Microsoft is among the top three best large workplaces according to the U.K. Great Place to Work Awards.

United States

Redmond, Washington is home to Microsoft Headquarters and nearly every product group, technologies span from low level kernel development to natural user interface, and includes everything in between. No matter what you are interested in, you will find it here.

Microsoft also has campuses located in Mountain View, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Fargo, North Dakota.

Recreation at Microsoft

  • Sports Teams. When your corporate campus has playing fields, you might as well play! Cricket, soccer, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, volleyball, and softball are among the many team sports you can get in on here.
  • Vocal Performance. The "Acoustics" and other singing groups are open to employees and family members and perform several concerts every year.
  • Microsoft Orchestra. Whether you play strings, woodwind, brass, or percussion, join other employees and family members in performing classical orchestral concerts three times a year.
  • Microsoft Theatre Troupe. If you like to act, there’s a role for you here. The Troupe has performed 16-full-length productions, from "Return to the Forbidden Planet" to "Grease," and they’ve raised over $50,000 for charity.
  • Microsoft Volunteer Network. Enjoy the rewards of helping others by using the Microsoft volunteer matching system to find opportunities to match your interests, skills, and schedule.
  • Employee Matching Gift Benefit. Donate cash, stock, and/or products to your favorite nonprofit agency, and Microsoft will match dollar for dollar up to $12,000 per year. Volunteer your time in the community and Microsoft will donate US$17 per hour to the eligible organizations you serve. To date, Microsoft and its employees have donated a combined total of more than $3 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world.
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