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Updated Jun 18, 2014
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    Interesting & challenging work

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsAs one of the worlds largest software companies, you feel that what you are doing there is making a difference. The work is challenging and interesting and the rest of the staff is made out of very bright people willing to help you.

    It also has a very fun and laid back environment, the free drinks are awesome though they may make you gain some weight if you abuse them.

    ConsYour success as an intern depends a lot on which product group you're on, some managers are much more demanding than others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to Microsoft's truly technical roots and take more risks, it certainly pays off in the long run. Get more technical people at the top of the management food chain as they know best how to handle projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing work experience

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsWorking at Microsoft gives great benefits, a great work atmosphere, and great technology to work on in a wonderful climate.

    ConsBeing a large company could present downsides against innovation and having power in expressing your ideas. Microsoft does a lot to address solutions to overcoming its big company atmosphere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft has great products but they are sometimes not marketed well. Much has been done in this area over the past years, but this work could be continued.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good experience, not enough support for growth

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsYou have access to information about so many new products that are coming out
    Career path is explicit
    Compensation is very good

    ConsMany of Microsoft's products don't win in the market
    Being in the company is very competitive and work-life balance hard to achieve

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer the interns more space to learn before throwing them into the fire. The transition from college to new hire seems very rough.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place with smart people

    Business Analyst Intern (Former Employee)
    Waltham, MA

    ProsVery good working condition, smart people around me and they are very helpful and friendly. Also resouce is plentiful at Microsoft.

    ConsSometimes it takes meeting after meeting to make a decision when it requires running lean and agile. Also, HR people are very hard to deal with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company should really be running a lot leaner and relocate budget on the projects that will yield the most benefit to the customers.

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    MBA Internship at Microsoft

    Product Management Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros1. People
    The people at MS are amazing in how much they are willing to help out with anything and everything. They are very smart and very passionate about what they do. It is fun to meet them and work with them. The Kellogg alumni at MS are especially helpful and nice.

    2. Networking/Company Culture
    The company encourages a lot of networking and exchange of information. It allows you to meet people from other groups and learn about their projects. It is nice to know that the work you're doing does not stay in a vacuum and that you are able to leverage other people's knowledge and best practices, so that you're not spinning your wheels.

    3. Opportunities
    It is encouraged to rotate and spend 16 - 18 months with different groups and doing different things, so it gives everyone a great opportunity to network within the company and try different things.

    Cons1. Team Culture
    My team had an intense culture, due to all being ex-consultants and due to working on the strategy of the flagship product. It was a different culture than I expected and was therefore disappointed. However, I did enjoy working and collaborating with them. It was more of a personality and style issue. So my advice would be to interview the team as they are interviewing you during the second round.

    2. Size of the Company
    The company felt really big and it felt like it could swallow someone who was not doing the "right" things (e.g. networking constantly, changing jobs every 18 months, working intensely on side projects, etc.). I felt like it added an extra step on the responsibilities that came with the job.

    3. Seattle
    Seattle was a fun city to be over the summer. However, I could not see myself living there over the long term. It felt too small and much less urban than I had imagined.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wish there was closer monitoring of managers who are already known to be "difficult" when interns are assigned to them. I don't know if this would be through GMs or the HR contacts, but I've found it to be necessary.

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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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    Great experience for freshmen and sophomores

    Explorer Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- Great insight to the big company
    - Free drinks :)
    - Very convenient place to work
    - Excellent networks
    - See great lectures
    - Great benefits and perks

    Cons- Too big, will not give a great chance to do a super break-through action
    - Have too many products that are not really focused strongly
    - Rain pours and cloudy most of the time
    - Not fast enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive young people a chance to experiment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    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

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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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    Excellent intern compensation package...quirky company culture

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMicrosoft takes good care of its interns. Competitive compensation, including relocation, help with rent during your internship, a variety of intern-only field trips, and your choice of commuting benefits: car rental, bike plan (MS pays most of the $$ for a new bike), public bus pass, and wi-fi enables Microsoft commuter buses.

    Job satisfaction will depend on which team you are embedded with.

    ConsOn some teams, the expectation is that interns won't make a real contribution; and that your internship is just a public relations sales pitch to potential future employees.

    The company culture is quite quirky; it seems that many employees aren't genuinely or wholeheartedly invested in Microsoft or the project their working on....evangelize Windows Mobile to your co-workers during the day, and play on the iPhone after work. Perhaps it's just about a nice paycheck and excellent benefits package.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI found the mid-level managers to be quite competent; though sometimes there is a good-ol'-boy mentality to reward those who've been at Microsoft for awhile (rather than reward competence). Steve Ballmer can be embarrassing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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