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Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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4.3 148 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    I was one of the lucky few interns to feel like I was working at a startup with the aim of learning and not making $$$

    Explore Intern (Rotation Program) (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat intern program, GREAT pay, supportive team structure, they spoil you like crazy, beautiful location (Seattle), LOTS of design flexibility with your project, you are treated like a real member of the team

    Conslow key projects in big company - fell like I don't have enough contribution. Good for first internship if you are bound to make lots of mistakes, experience depends A LOT on the individual team and manager - so not guaranteed

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the interns have a little more of a say in which project they ca work on. If they are excited about it, you'll get better results

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot, great people, great perks

    Program Manager Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    ConsExperience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.

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

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    Fun experience

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMicrosoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

    As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

    Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    ConsThe goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.

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

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    Excellent organization to pursue research career in Computer Science

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    Pros- Nice benefits
    - Lots of smart people around to work with
    - Decent salary for an intern

    Cons- Lack of flexibility in terms of engineering
    - Extremely rigid policies with respect to open source software, which is often an hindrance in research

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Developer Intern

    Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsInterns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    ConsThe culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Explorer Intern Review

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAs an explorer intern I got to experience the three disciplines: dev, test, and pm. I got to interview at the end of my internship for an internship next summer. If you stay on the same team, it is very easy to get offered back a full time offer. There are tons of intern events within the department that I worked and with the interns as a whole. The work environment was great and everyone was very eager to help me. I loved the project that I worked on during the summer.

    ConsI am not a hug fan of the Seattle area. Redmond was very boring to me. I also did not have a car so I really couldn't get around much.

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

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    Amazing place to work! They care about their employees!

    Program Manager Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat work-life balance, they care about growing you and helping to further your career. The benefits are amazing, there's great mobility within the company as a whole, and the work is interesting and engaging.

    ConsIt's easy to overwork yourself. The "calibration" system is terrible.

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

     

    Great location. Great people. Great benefits.

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsLots of intern activities. Great work environments. Free sodas and Starbucks coffee machine. Great cafeteria. Nice place to do research.

    ConsWeather is nice during Summer but not so good the rest of the year. Have to work long hours but pay is not hourly so no overtime bonus pay.

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    Great place to intern.

    Software Development Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsVery flexible hours as long as your work gets done. Many people here work 40-50 hours per week and you're not looked down upon for doing so. Overall nice work environment. Work with very skilled and experienced people. Interesting work.

    For interns, pay is among the best for tech companies and the subsidized housing and rental car make it even better. Intern events are also awesome.

    ConsSometimes have to deal with legacy systems. As with any huge company, there's some annoying bureaucracy to deal with. In many groups, there are no coding standards, insufficient code reviews, and extremely poor documentation. Work with lots of custom internal tools which means that experience here is not very transferable to other companies in some cases.

    Biggest con though is there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm from people in their day-to-day work; many people seem to be here to just do a decent job and get paid but don't care deeply about actually improving the customer experience or making their projects succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet mid and lower managers to make coding standards, code reviews, and documentation more of a priority. Yes, it's boring stuff but it would really save time and money in the long-run by reducing the number of bugs and duplicated effort. Make company-wide or division-wide standards (like Google's style guidelines) for the commonly-used programming languages.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship

    Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsEverything went fine. Dudes got Money

    ConsIt's Microsoft not Linux, if you are a moral guy

    Advice to Senior Managementwhatever

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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