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Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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4.3 146 reviews

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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89% 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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    Great Internship Program

    Software Development Engineer In Test Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

    ConsIt's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsSmart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

    ConsThe housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Microsoft, the most mature tech company to work with

    Intern Software Development Engineer In Test (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    Pros- The people I am working with are really smart and friendly. Everyone trusts each other and every employee is given the freedom to express their ideas and determine their approach to a problem. This also applies for interns like me. There is no seniority at Microsoft. The individual contributors, the leads, the managers, and the leadership all have their own unique roles within the company and they respect each other.
    - My manager is my best mentor. He is not a person who tells me what to do. But he is a person who tells me do what I think is the right thing to do, and if along the way I encounter problems or become frustrated, my manager is there to give me supports, both technically and mentally.
    - The work processes at Microsoft are highly structured and very well thought. Schedules are planned very far ahead in great details that the product can be released on time with a strict quality bar. The processes and the logistics of the processes are communicated really well to the employees to websites, wikis, and shared documents that are easily accessible.
    - There are tons of communication going on in the company. Each of us has instant messaging client on our machine (Office Communicator) and we chat with each other on daily basis. We also send emails like crazy, which is much better than not knowing what others are doing.
    - The salary is well beyond the average salary in regular tech companies. The salary for an intern is also well beyond my expectation.
    - Managers are required to give assessment of performance of the employees. In turn, employees are supposed to give assessment of performance of the manager. This creates a positive feedback loop in the company, and everyone learns from each other. We also review each other's code and each other's design document, in order to help each other improve.
    - We have no work hours. We only need to get done with our work, and that's it. It's up to us whether we want to work 9am-5pm, 11am-7pm, 7am-3pm, or working from home, etc. Things just have to get done.
    - We get tons of benefits and free sodas.
    - The diversity in Microsoft is amazing. Tell me one race, ethnicity, or religion, and I can always find a Microsoft employee that has the chosen characteristic. It's surprising even to me how much I feel at home at Microsoft.

    ConsFor you who love the startup-like thrill and excitement of being able to contribute a big chunk of a product, you may not find Microsoft the perfect company to work with. In some teams that are currently developing prototypes for a cutting edge product, you may find a startup-like culture in which everyone tries to be as creative as possible and contribute as much as possible to the design of the product. However, once the design is settled and becomes more mature, it is necessary to have a well-thought, highly structured process, in order for the product to make it on time, on budget, on quality bar. Then, you may have to get involved in this highly structured process no matter what. It is good to have structure, but probably it is not for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne thing that I would love to see is more presence of the high managers in our daily work. It would be great if the managers would give much more presentations about where the team is heading in 2-3 years, or what are the most important priorities for our customers we need to address, or other high level stuffs that are not necessarily the employees' main task items day to day, but will be highly inspiring to have. But in general, I am happy with the way it is and I like every single manager I have been working with or in contact with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    SDE Internship at Microsoft - Great Experience

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAn internship at Microsoft has been a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The pay and benefits for interns is better than most other internships. Above this, however, the way in which Microsoft structures their internships is very refreshing compared to past internships I've had. Intern projects at Microsoft are incredibly well thought out and are designed so that you can complete them during the summer, make an impact, and not have to learn every intricacy of the product you are working on.

    As for working for Microsoft in general, everyone seems to be very happy with their jobs and I have yet to see much that would make me want to work anywhere else.

    ConsNot really a negative, but I would say that your experience here, much like at other companies, is very much dependent on your group and the people you work with. There of course have been a few stories of interns who work for groups they simply don't like. For the most part, however, the groups are all very enthusiastic and fun to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was probably not at the company long enough to make a reasonable assessment of Senior Management at Microsoft. Although I can say that everyone I have had contact with that is in a management position above me has been nothing but enjoyable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great human and business internship experience

    Sales Intern (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsWork flexibility is great (home office when needed or more productive). Performance orientation with rewards associated to achievements. Smart people. Quality of workplace and comfort. Access to knowledge is made easy by the collaborative culture present in the company

    ConsThe pressure might be considered overwhelming by some during closing periods. Results before everything mindset might not suit everyone

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess focus on short term objectives by the quarter and more on yearly or even 2 to 3 years objectives

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

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    Improving yourself

    Intern (Current Employee) Istanbul (Turkey)

    ProsDynamic, Flexible times, Friendly coworkers, Compeller environment

    ConsOver ambition of coworkers can turn into greed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience

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

    ProsWorked at Microsoft Research in China. The company knows how to provide a great work environment. Excellent help from co-workers too.

    ConsPerhaps better coordination between team members. I really can't think of anything else.

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

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    Great!

    Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsGreat mentor, smart and friendly colleagues.
    Time is flexible.

    ConsI can't think of any.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for research

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsThe company culture was fun, coffee was great and you could talk and collaborate with numerous world-class researchers in machine learning, algorithms, networks, and so on. My boss was extremely knowledgeable and always open to new ideas. The pay was more than enough for me.

    ConsCambridge is a rather small city and housing is expensive. Also, the jobs in research can potentially have less security as they are the first ones to go if the company is in trouble.

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

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    Great experience

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Madrid (Spain)

    ProsAmazing experience to start your professional career.

    ConsNo cons really. Perfect internship experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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