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Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. A Good Place for a Start

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for an internship. Allows you to get real world experience and make a difference. The work is challenging, guided while not being too stifiling. HR works well with the interns, ensuring that they are taken care off. But with so many interns (and regular employees), "things" are bound to happen. While definitely not the best in the industry, the benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    Too big. Small fish in a big pond complex. Sometimes you wonder how much you can climb. Some people may be arrogant, which can be a bit of a turnoff sometimes. And of course: the stigma of the evil empire.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and transparent with the rest of the company.


  2. Microsoft, a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.


  3. Research Intern happy with experience

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredibly smart people, worldwide impact. You will have all the tools you need to do a great job if you have the energy and motivation. You can meet with anyone in the company if you can find time; everyone is happy to help each other out, to give feedback, to talk about career advancement. You will be paid better than at other similar companies. An internship at MSR is more structured and more productive than at IBM or Google; you will also be encouraged to publish.

    Cons

    The commutes around Redmond are horrible. There are no trains or light rail options; you must be on the road whether in your car, a bus, a carpool, on a bike or on foot. From near the 520 bridge in Seattle, the commute takes between 30 and 120 minutes. Microsoft's "hero" culture can be tough for new employees to navigate. Shyness will get you nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to be managers. Good engineers do not automatically make good managers.


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  5. Perfect work-life balance for a tech company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment is laid back. Focus is put on your completing your work, and not when (hours of the day) you do it. Great compensation.

    Cons

    Pretty obvious, but when you have a company this size, bureaucracy becomes an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline communication from employees to those higher up. Shorter release cycles.


  6. Great place to intern, not sure if I'd want to stay there

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid, stable company. Hey, in this economy, that's nothing to sneeze at. The impression that I have is that (in spite of the layoffs) that's still more or less the case. As an intern I found that the company policy was very open towards interns -- I was surprised and impressed at the knowledge available to me and the trust placed in me.

    Cons

    I found that And seriously, free food would go miles towards a more awesome work environment. As an intern I found that the full time employees assigned to work with me were preoccupied with their real jobs to the exclusion of helping me out; however, this might have been a peculiarity of my group or situation, or possibly I should have reached out more myself, as I know other interns did not find this to be the case.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the big-picture openness of communication to filter down to the little things where it really matters.


  7. top choice for an industrial research lab

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at MSR is very demanding but very rewarding. You work with incredibly smart people, you are given an array of opportunities to learn and interact with all aspects of the research division and the whole company, the tech talks are great -- every day there are a few invited talks on all sorts of topics, the atmosphere is very comfortable (e.g. no overload with meetings), you set your own goals, agenda, and what you want to accomplish.

    Cons

    Success at MSR is measured more by papers you publish, and less by code you write. If you come in as an intern, the expectations are that you will get a paper our of your summer project. You could code up the coolest system in the world, and even it is very practically useful (even for MS products), it might not be worth much unless you can identify the novel aspects that distinguish it from prior work, write a paper about it, and publish in a top conference. This can be hard to take for people who enjoy development or who don't know how to (or don't want to) write good papers. An exception is tech transfer, but this doesn't happen as often as it should, researchers have to go out and convince product teams (who are often skeptical) to use their ideas. MSR is a great place if you like pure research, going to conferences, and implementing quick mockups and prototypes, and don't like writing and shipping production-quality code. MSR is not so great if you dislike paper deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in MSR, actively encourage and reward tech transfer. Encourage researchers to work on bigger projects with more impact even if it means that they won't be publishing papers for a while.


  8. Interns at MS get to meet Bill Gates!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality of life, with beautiful campus, offices, nice cafeterias, etc. Other employees are very smart and hard working. Impactful projects - lots of people use Office, etc..

    Cons

    Microsoft can be very demanding, especially during crunch times. The corporation is often HUGE, so one person's experience in one role/division may very considerably from another person's elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent intern compensation package...quirky company culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft takes good care of its interns. Competitive compensation, including relocation, help with rent during your internship, a variety of intern-only field trips, and your choice of commuting benefits: car rental, bike plan (MS pays most of the $$ for a new bike), public bus pass, and wi-fi enables Microsoft commuter buses. Job satisfaction will depend on which team you are embedded with.

    Cons

    On some teams, the expectation is that interns won't make a real contribution; and that your internship is just a public relations sales pitch to potential future employees. The company culture is quite quirky; it seems that many employees aren't genuinely or wholeheartedly invested in Microsoft or the project their working on....evangelize Windows Mobile to your co-workers during the day, and play on the iPhone after work. Perhaps it's just about a nice paycheck and excellent benefits package.

    Advice to Management

    I found the mid-level managers to be quite competent; though sometimes there is a good-ol'-boy mentality to reward those who've been at Microsoft for awhile (rather than reward competence). Steve Ballmer can be embarrassing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great experience for freshmen and sophomores

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great insight to the big company - Free drinks :) - Very convenient place to work - Excellent networks - See great lectures - Great benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Too big, will not give a great chance to do a super break-through action - Have too many products that are not really focused strongly - Rain pours and cloudy most of the time - Not fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Give young people a chance to experiment


  11. Great place with smart people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good working condition, smart people around me and they are very helpful and friendly. Also resouce is plentiful at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes meeting after meeting to make a decision when it requires running lean and agile. Also, HR people are very hard to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    The company should really be running a lot leaner and relocate budget on the projects that will yield the most benefit to the customers.



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