Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 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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  1.  

    Great place to do Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - While many people thought Microsoft environment is not very friendly for new employee, I found it very friendly and full of new opportunities to explore.
    - They took very good care of Interns by providing subsidizing housing and car rental, plus many exciting events.
    - I was working with the Bing section, and there are many unexplored areas in Bing which can be a great opportunity to make significant contributions.

    Cons

    - In comparison with companies such as Google, there are way less PhDs in the staff which sometimes make it harder to introduce radical research ideas.
    - The company went to a massive lay-off when I was there. Although that obviously don't affect interns, if you are considering Microsoft for a full-time position, there are risks that one of these lay-off waves hit you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have better collaboration with researchers in MSR. Microsoft is lucky to have such brilliant scholars as part of MSR and if their creativity can be managed well, they can make huge contributions to the company.
    - Start more active programs of Fellowships for grad students, same as Google and Facebook, to enhance the picture of company and attract better talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Scale of work, salary, smart people

    Cons

    Big company, old corporate culture still lingers (but is going away fairly quickly!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work trimming the fat and focusing goals. Mobile-first, cloud-first baby!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Everything is great and many benefits.

    Cons

    No Challenges that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice working at Microsoft Research

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of excellent researchers here. Here you can work with some of the best researchers in your area in the world.

    Cons

    Nothing obvious as for an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    free drinks, startup enviroment (microsoft foundry), all interns, own the product from start to finish

    Cons

    very few, hard to leave work (cause fun), no overtime - salaried, food on site wasnt great?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! Microsoft is an awesome place, and a company i'd love to keep working at for many years to come. Can't wait to see where the company is headed!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    very good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cty by the Se, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Cty by the Se, TX (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a world biggest IT company, everyone like working there. You can make a lot of friends there,and enjoy the working environment there!

    Cons

    They have all the smartest people there, you have to compete with them and that will be the hardest thing I think if you want to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money, more fun

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful journey to learn much technique.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    It is one of the biggest software company in the world. Many famous expert in MSRA that teach me how to develop a software in research thought.

    Cons

    Projects are not in mature designed here because they are research projects that cannot predict the reaction of users.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great human and business internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Intern  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility is great (home office when needed or more productive). Performance orientation with rewards associated to achievements. Smart people. Quality of workplace and comfort. Access to knowledge is made easy by the collaborative culture present in the company

    Cons

    The pressure might be considered overwhelming by some during closing periods. Results before everything mindset might not suit everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on short term objectives by the quarter and more on yearly or even 2 to 3 years objectives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Improving yourself

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Dynamic, Flexible times, Friendly coworkers, Compeller environment

    Cons

    Over ambition of coworkers can turn into greed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Worked at Microsoft Research in China. The company knows how to provide a great work environment. Excellent help from co-workers too.

    Cons

    Perhaps better coordination between team members. I really can't think of anything else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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