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Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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    Microsoft Internship

    Current Employee - Software Development Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Educational, access to a ton of good resources, pays well

    Cons

    Experience heavily depends on the team you get

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    Great place to do Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    - While many people thought Microsoft environment is not very friendly for new employee, I found it very friendly and full of new opportunities to explore.
    - They took very good care of Interns by providing subsidizing housing and car rental, plus many exciting events.
    - I was working with the Bing section, and there are many unexplored areas in Bing which can be a great opportunity to make significant contributions.

    Cons

    - In comparison with companies such as Google, there are way less PhDs in the staff which sometimes make it harder to introduce radical research ideas.
    - The company went to a massive lay-off when I was there. Although that obviously don't affect interns, if you are considering Microsoft for a full-time position, there are risks that one of these lay-off waves hit you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have better collaboration with researchers in MSR. Microsoft is lucky to have such brilliant scholars as part of MSR and if their creativity can be managed well, they can make huge contributions to the company.
    - Start more active programs of Fellowships for grad students, same as Google and Facebook, to enhance the picture of company and attract better talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Scale of work, salary, smart people

    Cons

    Big company, old corporate culture still lingers (but is going away fairly quickly!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work trimming the fat and focusing goals. Mobile-first, cloud-first baby!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Everything is great and many benefits.

    Cons

    No Challenges that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice working at Microsoft Research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    A lot of excellent researchers here. Here you can work with some of the best researchers in your area in the world.

    Cons

    Nothing obvious as for an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    free drinks, startup enviroment (microsoft foundry), all interns, own the product from start to finish

    Cons

    very few, hard to leave work (cause fun), no overtime - salaried, food on site wasnt great?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! Microsoft is an awesome place, and a company i'd love to keep working at for many years to come. Can't wait to see where the company is headed!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cty by the Se, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Cty by the Se, TX

    Pros

    It is a world biggest IT company, everyone like working there. You can make a lot of friends there,and enjoy the working environment there!

    Cons

    They have all the smartest people there, you have to compete with them and that will be the hardest thing I think if you want to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money, more fun

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Microsoft Research Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Focus 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.

    Cons

    Even 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 ManagementAdvice

    Very flexible, free, you may work at home, and you can work in anywhere you want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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+

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to pass an internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Intern  in  Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Services Intern in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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