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Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
201 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, great working environment, very interesting project. Really felt like I got a taste of what it meant to work at Microsoft. 10/10 would return.

    Cons

    To be honest- not really any big cons. The only thing is that I wish they had free food, although that is stretching it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was a high school intern at Microsoft, and I enjoyed working there, although I bet they threw away all our apps.

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    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks, the ability to brag to your friends, allows you to get better internships in college, and well... its' Microsoft!

    Cons

    Kind of boring since they kind of just let you do whatever you wanted, so really... I could've just done everything at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked the internship, but maybe have a more structured internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work during the start of the career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great learning experience if you are just joining out of college. The people here have a great experience handling large software code bases, hence have a good quality code to work on.

    Cons

    Not as challenging as other silicon valley companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A nice place to work, but not for everyone

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    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people all over the place. Highly used products.

    Cons

    The experience is hit or miss depending on what team you are placed on and what they have you work on. 12 weeks is not a lot of time to do anything too important. But it is enough time to determine if your team is a good match for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MS has a lot of respect for their interns and new hires. It's a great company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond.

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Research Internship Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing research experience for the summer here.

    Cons

    None at all, very nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at all, very nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Program Manager Intern

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    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, motivated people, good big comapny perks, at an interesting time for change

    Cons

    No free food, some teams are slow, change funnels slowly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interns are treated incredibly well. The food and extra curricular activities were amazing. Fun campus. Fun problems I was solving in my team. Nice people. Lots of learning!!!

    I was able to stay late and even go in on a couple of weekends,. but it was by my choice. I really liked my project and being an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind. The only thing I would have wanted more of was more feedback on where I can improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Research Internship for PhD students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Nice managers and mentors

    Cons

    it was stressful to meet the deadlines and I didn't have a good work & life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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