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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
8,766 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good experience. The load is not very heavy. People are friendly inside the company. The company is very large.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very Large. Good pay for software engineers. Good compensation for interns. Free gifts for interns every year.

    Cons

    Company is too large. Food is not very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks as an intern

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get spoiled beyond belief. Great pay, great events, and company gifts that all try to get you to sign on full-time. The people are friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is so large that every logistical process takes forever; miscommunication is frequent and everyone's job is so specialized that you don't know what's going on on the other side of things. Typical big company disadvantages that are uncommon for most tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you believe in their products, this is a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    I had a wonderful team where everyone put his or her best effort to make things happen. I left the company but still talk to most of them. People sincerely care about each other.

    Cons

    Tight KPI that drives some nuts. Really have to work hard to meat the expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Really depends on the team

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    nice place to have an Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Fun and challenging

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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
  9.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    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
  10.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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