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Updated Jul 13, 2014
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4.3 146 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

91% 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 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Fantastic research-driven workplace where you will be surrounded by smart, friendly coworkers

    Doctoral Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsResearchers here work much like they would in academia on self-directed projects.
    Colleagues are smart and able to offer insightful feedback.
    The facilities are lovely and well-appointed.
    Pay is generous; vacation time and benefits are more than adequate.

    ConsThere are very few cons to working at MSR.
    I worked as a doctoral intern and I was disappointed that there were not more opportunities to be hired full-time upon finishing my degree.

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

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    Love it; Microsoft culture is healthy and promotes growth.

    Explore Intern (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsThey treat interns very well; it's what you make of the internship and managers are very helpful and willing to share.

    ConsYou have to fix your eyes on inspiring people because there are some interns who will pull you to slack off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps treat interns more similarly to the full time employees so that we get a feel for what full time would be like

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

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    Exciting, intellectually stimulating environment to work in

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    Pros- Great researchers contribute to making microsoft research an intellectually stimulating environment to work in.
    - Interesting and challenging projects to work on over the summer.
    - Microsoft research organizes a ton of free events for interns that are a lot of fun.

    Cons- High expectations from researchers in terms of getting results can be somewhat stressful at times.
    - Commute to work can be somewhat long depending one where you stay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment for software engineers

    Program Manager Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThey give you tons of equipment that you'll ever want or need.
    Lots of smart people to be around all the time.
    You're own office.
    Free drinks whenever I want them.
    Great cafeteria food and they even tell you what's healthy and not.
    VERY VERY eco friendly environment.
    Encourage you to go out and meet other people on campus so they have happy hours where they serve free beer and food. They also encourage you to join sports on campus and you can go at any time during work hours to do whatever you want, may it be working out, volleyball, on a run, chat with people, get food, they don't care just have fun.
    The general thought is you can do whatever you want as long as your happy and you're getting your work done. You pretty much only HAVE to be in the office when you have meetings.
    Great benefits in and outside of the work place.

    ConsSince people are so free to do what they want its hard to deal with everyone schedules.
    There's a lot of smart but very arrogant and hard headed people - dealing with them can be very difficult and sometimes its hard to get what you want done.
    Lots of politics in the management.

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

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    Far better than I had hoped for.

    Intern (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsYou get to do interesting and important work, even as an intern. The people are nice, helpful, and personable. There are free drinks (Coke products, Pepsi products, fruit juice, milk, and Starbucks coffee). They have an internal shuttle service that takes you anywhere you need to go and commuter buses with wifi.

    ConsFor me, the only real downside has been how far it is from my home, girlfriend, and family. It'll be better when I come back full time though because they're paying relocation for my girlfriend and putting her on my health insurance even though we aren't married.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the PMs aren't actually useful. You could easily do with fewer of them.

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

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    Fantastic environment to play, learn, and grow.

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMy internship at Microsoft Research surpassed all of my expectations in the best way possible. I spent 12 weeks surrounded by motivated and curious students and researchers who were not only interested in helping me develop an interesting research project, but also interested in helping me develop as a researcher. Everyone I engaged with, from my mentor to team members to our group manager, spent time getting to know me and made me feel like a valued member of the MSR family.

    ConsAt the time, FUSE was a bit far from the rest of the research division, but I believe that has been changed since.

    Interns worked on solo projects, leaving little time for us to put our heads together and learn from each other.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be great to have interns work together on a project or area of focus. This would allow them to push each other more and let FUSE create structured activities to support the group as a whole, rather than each individual project.

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

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    Nice environment, smart and friendly people.

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

    ProsGreat space, smart people, free and open working environment. You got to do what you feel excited about. And it's pure academical.

    ConsNeeds more critique on leadership. More collaborative space. But there are not really so much cons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources Intern (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Prosgood working environment, interns are given full responsibility as other formal employees do, so we have lots of work to do, lots of things to learn

    Conscannot figure out now. :)

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

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    Great place to work as a summer intern.

    Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe internship program at Microsoft is excellent. They seem to treat interns as full time employees in terms of work. They also have lots of pretty fun events over the course of the summer and you get a chance to meet a lot of other interns and network within the company. They also pay really well.

    ConsThe project I was given could have been more interesting, but that seems to vary a lot between interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    enjoyed my intern

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    ProsVery Helpful and approachable seniors. Great work environment and work culture. Beautiful campus at Hyderabad with great cafeteria and all sorts of sports facilities in case you enjoy playing some. Regular team outings and lunches. Above all at Microsoft you work on products which have a huge impact.

    ConsPays a little less than other competitive companies like Google, at least starting salary is less. Being a intern I don't know about career growth and increments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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