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Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
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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.

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    • 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

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    • 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.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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

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

    Pros

    Although it is in vogue to hate on Microsoft, it is a genuinely nice place to work. The people there are smart, professional and have a general air of maturity.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning and while exciting, it leaves employees worried. I would say the meeting-to-work ratio is a bit too high for an SDE position, but that's the reality of huge corporations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To steal a play from the recently removed: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. The old silos in the company are going away, but there are places where collaboration is encouraged but not well defined. Make sure that you give a clear vision for the One Microsoft and that it makes its way down to those who put the code to the products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great intern program - they really take good care of the interns with everything from the pay to the perks (gym membership, shuttles, bus pass, intern events, etc.) The work is interesting and the managers are usually pretty helpful. And Seattle is a great city to be for the summer.

    Cons

    Since it is a big company, things move slowly. It's very hard to get intern projects pushed into deployment in the summer intern time span and so many intern projects die after the interns leave. Sometimes it can be very hard to find people with the expertise to help you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company environment hard to make an impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Many resources to learn and grow, knowledgeable employees, many resources for fun events. Cool products that are widely used Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Xbox. Work life balance was also very good, no one expects you to work past 5 pm.

    Cons

    I found it hard to make an impact at such a large company. It seemed like nothing I did really mattered and they put me on working on internal tools. Also Seattle location is not great, rained almost every week multiple times a week and that made it hard to go out and explore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer IT SDET Intern

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to do Internship

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    • 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
  9.  

    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 (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.  

    Microsoft Research Intern

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

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

    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
  11.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

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    • 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

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

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