Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
8,061 Reviews
3.8
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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.  

    Wonderful journey to learn much technique.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Excellent experience

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    • 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
  6.  

    A good big company

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

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

    Pros

    all things are well scheduled and regular meetings are hold. All things are doing step by step and finally successfully finish.

    Cons

    There is no individual heroism, what works is the system, not a specific employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the entry software more challenges to help them grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Microsoft Research Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Focus on research projects, renowned researchers, well-designed intern programs, many opportunities working with very famous researchers. Researchers can extract papers from your projects even if they are not much successful.

    Cons

    Even though you showed good performance, the company does not given any offer. You can only obtain publication, chances to expand your research connections, and some salary (which is slightly better than other companies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very flexible, free, you may work at home, and you can work in anywhere you want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great!

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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 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mentor, smart and friendly colleagues.
    Time is flexible.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

    Cons

    Lack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A big company with little pay to intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    A chance to learn and work in international IT business.

    Cons

    the pay in Microsoft ,Taiwan is way lower than in the US

  11.  

    Great place to pass an internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Intern  in  Santa Fe, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM (US)

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

    Pros

    + Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons

    - There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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