Microsoft Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. I was a high school intern at Microsoft, and I enjoyed working there, although I bet they threw away all our apps.

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    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Free drinks, the ability to brag to your friends, allows you to get better internships in college, and well... its' Microsoft!

    Cons

    Kind of boring since they kind of just let you do whatever you wanted, so really... I could've just done everything at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked the internship, but maybe have a more structured internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work during the start of the career

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great learning experience if you are just joining out of college. The people here have a great experience handling large software code bases, hence have a good quality code to work on.

    Cons

    Not as challenging as other silicon valley companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good internship

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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

    Smart people all over the place. Highly used products.

    Cons

    The experience is hit or miss depending on what team you are placed on and what they have you work on. 12 weeks is not a lot of time to do anything too important. But it is enough time to determine if your team is a good match for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MS has a lot of respect for their interns and new hires. It's a great company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great perks as an intern

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    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  6. 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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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  7. Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    Former Intern - Software Development Intern
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  8. Summer Internship

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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

    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
  9. Good company environment hard to make an impact

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  10. Summer IT SDET Intern

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to do Internship

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    Current Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (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

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