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Updated Jun 18, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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    Microsoft Research Intern

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsFocus on research projects, renowned researchers, well-designed intern programs, many opportunities working with very famous researchers. Researchers can extract papers from your projects even if they are not much successful.

    ConsEven though you showed good performance, the company does not given any offer. You can only obtain publication, chances to expand your research connections, and some salary (which is slightly better than other companies).

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery flexible, free, you may work at home, and you can work in anywhere you want.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits and people if you can find them

    User Experience Design Intern (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsPay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

    ConsLack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

    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 pass an internship

    Services Intern (Current Employee)
    Santa Fe, NM

    Pros+ Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons- There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

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

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    Positive

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
    Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    ConsAt times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

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

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    Working at Microsoft was a whole new experience and great people.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsWork with great coworkers and dedicated. Good environment for employees

    ConsLittle politics and typical large company problems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome company

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMicrosoft is located in Redmond, WA where you can have really nice weather during the summer. There are tons of nice and stimulating people in Microsoft, and tons of projects that are stimulating, challenging, and fun. I liked the food at the food court; there are diversity from pasta and burgers to pad thai and pho. You will absolutely love your experience at Microsoft. Plus, free sodas all the time.

    ConsThere are not so many cons about working at Microsoft as an intern. But it is well known that their management somehow does not always work well; teams could be in a not-so-good relationship with other teams and all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent company to work for

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    Pros1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
    2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
    3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
    4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

    Cons1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
    2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
    3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

    Advice to Senior Managementtime for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons- I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsBig company, with a lot of oppurtunities

    ConsToo hard. Not easy to

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of work, but well paid.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat pay smart dynamic team.

    ConsVery competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe less competitive, foster more teamwork.

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

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