Microsoft
3.6 of 5 7,478 reviews
www.microsoft.com Redmond, WA 5000+ Employees

Microsoft intern Reviews

All Employees Current Employees Only

4.3 146 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
16 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable but boring

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- Good pay/perks for the area, job stability.
    - Not as many long nights as at a startup.
    - Company has a lot of resources.

    Cons- Boring! Other companies in industry are doing much more interesting things.
    - It's a huge company, don't expect to feel much camaraderie with coworkers or be kept informed of (the few) interesting things going on in the organization.
    - Very top down (compared to startups and other companies in the software industry).

    Advice to Senior Management- Innovate more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Best or average, depending on whether you have passion for technology and ready to take the initiative all the time.

    Software Development Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsThe benefits were decent. The pay for a summer intern is above the industry standard.
    There is a lot of respect shown towards the work of all employees and interns alike.
    Everyone is doing real work.
    No micromanagement at all. I was only told once in the beginning I was kind of expected to be at work from 10 to 4; however, I repeatedly showed up at work at 1 p.m. and there was not a single remark about it. (Of course, it was my problem when I had to work on some weekends to have the work done, but again, nobody was counting when I was working and for how long.)
    Very open structure, a lot of communication going on (not necessarily a plus for me, but Microsoft is very communication-oriented).
    Great technology.
    Everything is optimized. Like, you think it might be a good idea how to improve something: signs in your building, meeting schedule, some internal rules - you send an email, and you immediately get a friendly response, and people start working on implementing your suggestion (or disucssing it) as long as you want it.

    Seems to be very fair for reviews, promotions, salary increases, etc.

    If you are invited for an on-site interview, you will get reimbursed for everything. You can negotiate another day in the hotel, negotiate where you want to fly from and to, ask for another 5 free taxi vouchers, etc. They don't care what you where for the interview (or when you work there). They don't care if you have a weird haircut or sexual orientation. Only your skills, your passion for technology and for the customers, and your enthusiams matter. A lot of appreciation for the good work you do.

    ConsWork was not challenging or interesting enough. A lot of code that is just doing routine things. It is not just Microsoft, however, it is necessary by the nature of the work. I am just not so much of an engineer, my background is in math and theoretical computer science, so I enjoy interesting things where you have to think, not just seeing technology work.

    You have to be excited about your work. You do not have to work 14 hours a day (or even 10, really), but you do have to be excited and want to learn new technology, get a better developer (or a better Microsoft developer, more specifically) or getter tester, or manager, etc. This may seem like a good thing (and it really is!) --- but this is also somewhat forced. You have to identify where you want to grow (when you work there full-time) in a written form, then the company will help you - coach you, move you to another project, etc. You cannot just say "I just want to work here for my 40 hours and get paid". You have to find out yourself what you want to do. You have to load yourself with work, come up with new ideas, take the initiative, etc. This is required. So they are requiring and taking some of your emotional or spiritual energy in this way.

    Too much admiration for Microsoft. Gets annoying to see all those monitors and posters and emails, advertising, how happy is everyone is at Microsoft. Even though it is not far from truth, a lot of people are very happy and very excited from working there.... - but this also gets annoying. Seriously, I cannot stand some many people claiming to be excited about their work every day, everyone from smiling drivers of the shuttle cars on campus to those working in the cafeteria, to researchers, developers, managers... It looks too good to be true, made me feel uncomfortable.

    During my internship I was not given enough information on what was expected of me. It took me some time to understand that people just expected me to take the initiative. For example, they may not tell you "you have to do it by next Friday" --- but you will have to ask "what do I have to do and by which date?" If you don't, they will think you don't know what's going on (because you don't care to ask around) so not interested, or you are not a productive worker. They will find somebody else to do the job, or the project will move slower (they have many projects; sometimes 2-3 teams, doing the same thing, so at least one can succeed :)), and you will get a not-as-great review and may be eventually asked to leave. Although, I admit, this is fair in a way. If you have the initiative, go for it.

    A lot of emphasis on getting the work done (which is good), but not as much on making people do what they are good at. The responsibility is totally on you. You have to figure out what you like and what you don't, what you are good at or not good at. You have to take the initiative. (Then, in many cases, you will actually be able to move to a position that you want.)

    Many developers, testers, etc. are, it seems, not too great in terms of their skill, as Microsoft is a big place. However, talent is always recognized, and people are always trying to get better. If your background is limited and you need to learn a lot, but Microsoft still takes you --- then prepare to work a lot, too. It may actually be a lot of hours every day. (Yet again, nobody will count, and you can do it at home.)

    Redmond location - there are some commute issues. Microsoft is working on that (like their "the connector" is a great thing), yet this will always be an issue.

    So-called starbucks coffee is no good, and cafeteria food is average (I have seen pretty much their best cafetereia during the on-campus interview.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't repeat all the time how great is Microsoft. There is already enough enthusiams from below.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to be an intern, but maybe it's better to work elsewhere...

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- Great technologies (you know that you are working on products that affects the life of millions of people)
    - Good benefits package
    - Opportunities for career growt and advancement
    - Great colleagues to work with, very intelligent and talented

    ConsThe managers don't care for what the employees have to say about what's wrong...In the long term, this will destroy the company. Actually, sometimes they even complain with you if you talk to them about what you think is wrong in the company...
    There isn't a very good Work/Life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your time to hear what the employees have to say...

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Intern

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsFree drinks all around, flexible timings and informal environment. Lots of events and parties. Tons of options for playing options - pool, foosball, tabletennis, and lot's more. Hyderabad campus is really beautiful. Good Stipend and first two weeks at a good guest house. Work environment not pressurizing. Teammates are really helpful.

    ConsAlmost none for an intern. The stipend can be increased a bit though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Neutral

    Intern (Former Employee)
    São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsGood place to learn. Time flexibility. Good infra structure.

    ConsMicrosoft Brazildoesn`t have junior opportunities, so if you are an intern the best option for you after the internship is to leave the company to work elsewhere.
    Microsoft Brazil is to much scorecard driven, don`t have a good long term view and don`t have many independece from Microsoft Corp.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon`t lose young talents. Improve the emplyee satisfaction and work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    MSRA intern

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Prossmart people to work with and it is free to do what you like and can do research on popular tech

    ConsCannot make real code but only ideas and demos. Microsoft is not good at internet dev. I don't like to work under windows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe leader is nice in Microsoft, not that tough. But they are push, you have to finish and implement your ideas very quickly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Microsoft? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Microsoft intern reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. All 16 reviews posted anonymously by Microsoft employees.