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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 12 November 2014
Updated 12 November 2014
8,654 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.  

    Like the place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Great place, bright people. Like the place

    Cons

    Large organization. Sometimes hard to cooperate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern at Microsoft Research Asia

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

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

    Pros

    1.Good opportunities, it is a world class research institution. Good for your research career.
    2.Good pay for undergraduate student
    3.Good research facilities

    Cons

    1.kind of crowded
    2.You need a good mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The people are very friendly. Good work-life balance. Manager is transparent in what she is thinking. Microsoft is moving towards better business model.

    Cons

    Big company problems; bureaucracy, slow, inefficient, lack of clear communication between groups. Too many layers between development and release (dev, QA, business, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove barriers. Move faster. Break things. Fix Things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just OK

    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    Free delicious lunch and rich salad bar
    Free Gym
    Kinect

    Cons

    Repetitive lunch menu
    Lack of entertainment and free time options
    Unnecessary strict security control for interns

  6.  

    Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    There's lots to learn, very challenging, amazing international experience and benefits are great!

    Cons

    HR was very junior and not professional on so many levels. Very political environment & witnessed terrible attitudes towards interns. Some leaders were only scorecard driven & only wanted to achieve their numbers, even if it was against policy rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Explore Internship

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

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

    Pros

    -learned quickly
    -experienced all 3 disciplines--PM, SDE, SDET
    -Microsoft pampers interns well--especially explore interns
    -exposed to company, so no need to ramp up if/when you return next summer

    Cons

    Microsoft is undergoing a lot of reorganization internally. SDET is not a very stable role in some teams, and they are moving towards combined engineering, so things can be a bit weird in the company during this transition period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enriching

    Former Employee - Intern in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Work time is flexible as long as the job is done, lots of perks, the work-life seems to be balance around here

    Cons

    The pressure is kind of high

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to do Internship

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

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

    Pros

    - While many people thought Microsoft environment is not very friendly for new employee, I found it very friendly and full of new opportunities to explore.
    - They took very good care of Interns by providing subsidizing housing and car rental, plus many exciting events.
    - I was working with the Bing section, and there are many unexplored areas in Bing which can be a great opportunity to make significant contributions.

    Cons

    - In comparison with companies such as Google, there are way less PhDs in the staff which sometimes make it harder to introduce radical research ideas.
    - The company went to a massive lay-off when I was there. Although that obviously don't affect interns, if you are considering Microsoft for a full-time position, there are risks that one of these lay-off waves hit you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have better collaboration with researchers in MSR. Microsoft is lucky to have such brilliant scholars as part of MSR and if their creativity can be managed well, they can make huge contributions to the company.
    - Start more active programs of Fellowships for grad students, same as Google and Facebook, to enhance the picture of company and attract better talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Microsoft Internship

    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Educational, access to a ton of good resources, pays well

    Cons

    Experience heavily depends on the team you get

  11.  

    Good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Scale of work, salary, smart people

    Cons

    Big company, old corporate culture still lingers (but is going away fairly quickly!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work trimming the fat and focusing goals. Mobile-first, cloud-first baby!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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