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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
8,794 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good experience. The load is not very heavy. People are friendly inside the company. The company is very large.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very Large. Good pay for software engineers. Good compensation for interns. Free gifts for interns every year.

    Cons

    Company is too large. Food is not very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks as an intern

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get spoiled beyond belief. Great pay, great events, and company gifts that all try to get you to sign on full-time. The people are friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is so large that every logistical process takes forever; miscommunication is frequent and everyone's job is so specialized that you don't know what's going on on the other side of things. Typical big company disadvantages that are uncommon for most tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Program Manager Intern

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Interview Process
    Friendly people
    open culture
    Innovation driven company

    Cons

    Big company
    So much choices from places to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are very friendly. Good work-life balance. Manager is transparent in what she is thinking. Microsoft is moving towards better business model.

    Cons

    Big company problems; bureaucracy, slow, inefficient, lack of clear communication between groups. Too many layers between development and release (dev, QA, business, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove barriers. Move faster. Break things. Fix Things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  7.  

    Microsoft Internship

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Experience heavily depends on the team you get

  8.  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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

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