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Updated 23 April 2015
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  1. Great

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice mentor. Flexible working time

    Cons

    No free food but you can find a lot of restaurant near by

  2. A place to develop your research identity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse and interesting employees, collaborative environment, novel research projects, freedom to pursue research goals.

    Cons

    Long hours, insufficient access to healthy food, older office cubicle environment, several layers of bureaucracy, confusing travel and research expense reimbursement,.

    Advice to Management

    Closer management of project and a more in-depth understanding of employees' work would yield results faster.

  3. Great working environment

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have a mentor; Improve soft skills

    Cons

    Workload might be a little heavy

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  5. A nice place to work, but not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.

  6. Very Good experience there

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working environment and atmosphere between colleagues are very good

    Cons

    Air pollution in Beijing is severe

  7. Great internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, great working environment, very interesting project. Really felt like I got a taste of what it meant to work at Microsoft. 10/10 would return.

    Cons

    To be honest- not really any big cons. The only thing is that I wish they had free food, although that is stretching it.

  8. Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Intern in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, outstanding culture. Everyone is keen on learning.

    Cons

    Only opportunities are in sales and marketing

    Advice to Management

    -

  9. Good internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people all over the place. Highly used products.

    Cons

    The experience is hit or miss depending on what team you are placed on and what they have you work on. 12 weeks is not a lot of time to do anything too important. But it is enough time to determine if your team is a good match for you.

    Advice to Management

    MS has a lot of respect for their interns and new hires. It's a great company.

  10. Fantastic research environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Microsoft Research are fantastic, world-class researchers. My experience in the Cambridge research lab completely changed my graduate studies. I learned about a new field. I learned how to do engineering for that field. I made what I hope are lifelong friendships and collaborations. It was truly a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    The intern seating is ridiculously lacking. I cannot believe there are not more intern desks. Interns should be seated near peers who are working on similar problems and should be seated near their mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the research pure. Microsoft is one of the only companies remaining that is still invested in pure science that does not have to be applied to a product immediately. Don't let this die.

  11. It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to Management

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.

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