Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 9 September 2014
Updated 9 September 2014
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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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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Intern in Hyderābād

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free drinks all around, flexible timings and informal environment. Lots of events and parties. Tons of options for playing options - pool, foosball, tabletennis, and lot's more. Hyderabad campus is really beautiful. Good Stipend and first two weeks at a good guest house. Work environment not pressurizing. Teammates are really helpful.

    Cons

    Almost none for an intern. The stipend can be increased a bit though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    There's lots to learn, very challenging, amazing international experience and benefits are great!

    Cons

    HR was very junior and not professional on so many levels. Very political environment & witnessed terrible attitudes towards interns. Some leaders were only scorecard driven & only wanted to achieve their numbers, even if it was against policy rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Development 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    The brought deadmau5 and Macklemore. Brand new computers and free soda and flexible hours. The perks of the large company are awesome like company events and gym membership.

    Cons

    Don't pick team/ or project for summer. Most of the products are really boring and as a result the work that they make you do is not interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good benefits, boring works

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits-They provide pretty good benifits. Including gyms, transportation fees, relocation, flight...
    Good salary-One of the most competitive salaries among tech companies
    Good perks

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic
    Boring works
    Can't contribute too much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    not great but it was okay

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    money and cool work with large area of impact

    Cons

    lack of autonomy and not enough flexibility in terms of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    fabulous company

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    food,culture, challenges simply love em

    Cons

    politics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Well-designed internship program

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They encourage people to move around the different parts of the company every 18-24 months. So one need not feel stuck no matter how un-motivating the current group or work is.

    Efforts to promote meritocracy (but not always successful, as some politics naturally creeps in, in such a large company)

    Great work/life balance.

    Various events to keep employees up-to-date of the new technologies.

    Great food of every kind in the canteens.

    Parking never an issue.

    Cons

    I was a finance manager intern, and before joining I did not realize that finance is implicitly viewed a support function. The influence of finance partners is not significant in the major decisions.

    Groups work in their own silos, with little transfer of best practices among them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great place for a college internship.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very friendly and talented folks; my manager was very resourceful and did not just give me a project that was swept under the rug.

    Cons

    I feel like I could be making a larger contribution if I worked at a smaller company or SV area startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to let incoming interns know ahead of time what they will be working on for the summer.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Summer internship

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Possibly the most structured internship on the planet. Summer camp for college students

    Cons

    ummmm.. It really depends on who you are - I just felt kind of lost in the company. However, it really is a great company - they treat their employees really well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try and relate more to the new hires

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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