Microsoft Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. Really depends on the team

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Summer Intern

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Software Development Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The brought deadmau5 and Macklemore. Brand new computers and free soda and flexible hours. The perks of the large company are awesome like company events and gym membership.

    Cons

    Don't pick team/ or project for summer. Most of the products are really boring and as a result the work that they make you do is not interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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    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

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good benefits, boring works

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits-They provide pretty good benifits. Including gyms, transportation fees, relocation, flight...
    Good salary-One of the most competitive salaries among tech companies
    Good perks

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic
    Boring works
    Can't contribute too much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. not great but it was okay

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    money and cool work with large area of impact

    Cons

    lack of autonomy and not enough flexibility in terms of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. fabulous company

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    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    food,culture, challenges simply love em

    Cons

    politics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Well-designed internship program

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    Former Intern - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    They encourage people to move around the different parts of the company every 18-24 months. So one need not feel stuck no matter how un-motivating the current group or work is.

    Efforts to promote meritocracy (but not always successful, as some politics naturally creeps in, in such a large company)

    Great work/life balance.

    Various events to keep employees up-to-date of the new technologies.

    Great food of every kind in the canteens.

    Parking never an issue.

    Cons

    I was a finance manager intern, and before joining I did not realize that finance is implicitly viewed a support function. The influence of finance partners is not significant in the major decisions.

    Groups work in their own silos, with little transfer of best practices among them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A great place for a college internship.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very friendly and talented folks; my manager was very resourceful and did not just give me a project that was swept under the rug.

    Cons

    I feel like I could be making a larger contribution if I worked at a smaller company or SV area startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to let incoming interns know ahead of time what they will be working on for the summer.

    No opinion of CEO

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