Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun and challenging

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, lots of perks and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sounds like cooperation among teams isn't very high. Probably more employee input into company decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern review

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

    gloomy weather, food, the city could be bring at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Program Manager Intern

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    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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    MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students

    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

  6.  

    Comfortable Working Environment and Smart Fellows

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft does great work not only in industry but also in academia. I'll only talk about Research part here. To do research, the first reason to be here is to work with the people. Microsoft has lots of top-notch computer scientists, and their work plays a very important role in the whole academia realm. Moreover, their researchers work seamlessly with industry as well, which makes their work benefit mankind at a much faster speed than any other institute ever.

    Cons

    Lots of information to catch up in short period for summer interns, especially in the research team. Sometimes goal is not clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Explore Internship

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

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

    Pros

    -learned quickly
    -experienced all 3 disciplines--PM, SDE, SDET
    -Microsoft pampers interns well--especially explore interns
    -exposed to company, so no need to ramp up if/when you return next summer

    Cons

    Microsoft is undergoing a lot of reorganization internally. SDET is not a very stable role in some teams, and they are moving towards combined engineering, so things can be a bit weird in the company during this transition period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    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
  10.  

    Awesome.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Everything is great and many benefits.

    Cons

    No Challenges that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome internship

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    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

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