Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 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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  1.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Great place to do Internship

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Nice working at Microsoft Research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    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
  6.  

    Great place to pass an internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Intern  in  Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

    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
  7.  

    Learned a lot, great people, great perks

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    Cons

    Experience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Developer Intern

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    Cons

    The culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible hours as long as your work gets done. Many people here work 40-50 hours per week and you're not looked down upon for doing so. Overall nice work environment. Work with very skilled and experienced people. Interesting work.

    For interns, pay is among the best for tech companies and the subsidized housing and rental car make it even better. Intern events are also awesome.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to deal with legacy systems. As with any huge company, there's some annoying bureaucracy to deal with. In many groups, there are no coding standards, insufficient code reviews, and extremely poor documentation. Work with lots of custom internal tools which means that experience here is not very transferable to other companies in some cases.

    Biggest con though is there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm from people in their day-to-day work; many people seem to be here to just do a decent job and get paid but don't care deeply about actually improving the customer experience or making their projects succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get mid and lower managers to make coding standards, code reviews, and documentation more of a priority. Yes, it's boring stuff but it would really save time and money in the long-run by reducing the number of bugs and duplicated effort. Make company-wide or division-wide standards (like Google's style guidelines) for the commonly-used programming languages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Can be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Microsoft, a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    The people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

    Cons

    The weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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