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Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.3 148 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 369 reviews)

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    Very good experience in MSRA

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsMentor can give very helpful advice
    Good salary
    Unlimited fruits/drinks

    Consi do not like the restaurants

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    Awesome company

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    ProsMicrosoft is located in Redmond, WA where you can have really nice weather during the summer. There are tons of nice and stimulating people in Microsoft, and tons of projects that are stimulating, challenging, and fun. I liked the food at the food court; there are diversity from pasta and burgers to pad thai and pho. You will absolutely love your experience at Microsoft. Plus, free sodas all the time.

    ConsThere are not so many cons about working at Microsoft as an intern. But it is well known that their management somehow does not always work well; teams could be in a not-so-good relationship with other teams and all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent company to work for

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA (US)

    Pros1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
    2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
    3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
    4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

    Cons1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
    2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
    3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

    Advice to Senior Managementtime for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This internship was challenging, informative, and rewarding.

    High School Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    ProsThey give you a coding mentor who will help you when you're stuck on a problem.
    They provide lots of opportunities to network with your higher ups.
    They give out an Intern gift every year, usually one of their latest products (like the Surface Pro).
    They increment your hourly wage each time you come back as an intern.

    ConsYou're expected to do a lot of self learning as your mentor will likely be very busy with his/her own projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Company

    Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    ProsTeam environment, friendly staff that's very caring.

    ConsLearning curve was hard to adjust to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing.

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee) Istanbul (Turkey)

    ProsGreat environment, chance to improve myself.

    ConsAn intern's responsibilities could be more and of better quality.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    Pros- The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons- I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsFree snacks and drinks. Good working condition. Decent salary for a Chinese student.

    ConsNo free lunch and dinner. Public transportation to MSRA is very bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Microsoft spoils interns!

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA (US)

    ProsInteresting projects nice people, Washigton is a very good place to live.

    ConsIt's a huge living organism - communicatin between certain teams could be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to intern!

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    Pros1. Microsoft has really changed a lot over the year. I loved being challenged every day and working on new things
    2. I got a free surface pro + got to see Macklemore and Steve Ballmer live
    3. Seattle is just awesome in summer. The place to be!

    ConsThe corporate housing is a bit expensive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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