Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place obviously

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    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    people are hard workers. lots to learn from the environment

    Cons

    some people are extremely geekish
    senior management do not help the interns

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    nice place to have an Internship

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    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    train your ability of multi-task, nice work environment, free food and drinks, intern welcome training by call from America, "happy hour" every month.
    This position suits for accounting major.

    Cons

    work OT nearly every day, so as other colleagues. may be benefit for leaders to care more about intern's feeling

    Recommends
  3.  

    Fun and challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, lots of perks and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sounds like cooperation among teams isn't very high. Probably more employee input into company decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern

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

    Pros

    Although it is in vogue to hate on Microsoft, it is a genuinely nice place to work. The people there are smart, professional and have a general air of maturity.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning and while exciting, it leaves employees worried. I would say the meeting-to-work ratio is a bit too high for an SDE position, but that's the reality of huge corporations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To steal a play from the recently removed: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. The old silos in the company are going away, but there are places where collaboration is encouraged but not well defined. Make sure that you give a clear vision for the One Microsoft and that it makes its way down to those who put the code to the products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great intern program - they really take good care of the interns with everything from the pay to the perks (gym membership, shuttles, bus pass, intern events, etc.) The work is interesting and the managers are usually pretty helpful. And Seattle is a great city to be for the summer.

    Cons

    Since it is a big company, things move slowly. It's very hard to get intern projects pushed into deployment in the summer intern time span and so many intern projects die after the interns leave. Sometimes it can be very hard to find people with the expertise to help you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

    gloomy weather, food, the city could be bring at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company environment hard to make an impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Many resources to learn and grow, knowledgeable employees, many resources for fun events. Cool products that are widely used Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Xbox. Work life balance was also very good, no one expects you to work past 5 pm.

    Cons

    I found it hard to make an impact at such a large company. It seemed like nothing I did really mattered and they put me on working on internal tools. Also Seattle location is not great, rained almost every week multiple times a week and that made it hard to go out and explore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Program Manager Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Interview Process
    Friendly people
    open culture
    Innovation driven company

    Cons

    Big company
    So much choices from places to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students

    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

  11.  

    Comfortable Working Environment and Smart Fellows

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft does great work not only in industry but also in academia. I'll only talk about Research part here. To do research, the first reason to be here is to work with the people. Microsoft has lots of top-notch computer scientists, and their work plays a very important role in the whole academia realm. Moreover, their researchers work seamlessly with industry as well, which makes their work benefit mankind at a much faster speed than any other institute ever.

    Cons

    Lots of information to catch up in short period for summer interns, especially in the research team. Sometimes goal is not clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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