Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 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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    Microsoft Research Intern

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    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
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    Great!

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    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
  3.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

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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
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    Great place to pass an internship

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    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
  6. 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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Microsoft was a whole new experience and great people.

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    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

    Work with great coworkers and dedicated. Good environment for employees

    Cons

    Little politics and typical large company problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for research

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The company culture was fun, coffee was great and you could talk and collaborate with numerous world-class researchers in machine learning, algorithms, networks, and so on. My boss was extremely knowledgeable and always open to new ideas. The pay was more than enough for me.

    Cons

    Cambridge is a rather small city and housing is expensive. Also, the jobs in research can potentially have less security as they are the first ones to go if the company is in trouble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    Cons

    At times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Amazing experience to start your professional career.

    Cons

    No cons really. Perfect internship experience.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Very good experience in MSRA

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    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

    Mentor can give very helpful advice
    Good salary
    Unlimited fruits/drinks

    Cons

    i do not like the restaurants

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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