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Updated Jul 28, 2014
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4.3 149 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(13 ratings)

92% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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    Great environment for software engineers

    Program Manager Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThey give you tons of equipment that you'll ever want or need.
    Lots of smart people to be around all the time.
    You're own office.
    Free drinks whenever I want them.
    Great cafeteria food and they even tell you what's healthy and not.
    VERY VERY eco friendly environment.
    Encourage you to go out and meet other people on campus so they have happy hours where they serve free beer and food. They also encourage you to join sports on campus and you can go at any time during work hours to do whatever you want, may it be working out, volleyball, on a run, chat with people, get food, they don't care just have fun.
    The general thought is you can do whatever you want as long as your happy and you're getting your work done. You pretty much only HAVE to be in the office when you have meetings.
    Great benefits in and outside of the work place.

    ConsSince people are so free to do what they want its hard to deal with everyone schedules.
    There's a lot of smart but very arrogant and hard headed people - dealing with them can be very difficult and sometimes its hard to get what you want done.
    Lots of politics in the management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Far better than I had hoped for.

    Intern (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsYou get to do interesting and important work, even as an intern. The people are nice, helpful, and personable. There are free drinks (Coke products, Pepsi products, fruit juice, milk, and Starbucks coffee). They have an internal shuttle service that takes you anywhere you need to go and commuter buses with wifi.

    ConsFor me, the only real downside has been how far it is from my home, girlfriend, and family. It'll be better when I come back full time though because they're paying relocation for my girlfriend and putting her on my health insurance even though we aren't married.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the PMs aren't actually useful. You could easily do with fewer of them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsPeople are nice
    You get your own office
    you get many computer monitors
    Drink are free.
    People are smart, you get to ask a lot of questions and they usually help you out

    ConsNo con really. Its a bit far from home

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent Company to work for

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe company took good care of the interns, even the ones not in the Redmond location. Microsoft had a fun culture, interesting events, and an overall well organized intern program.

    ConsMicrosoft is a large company that can be stuck in process and organization, that might slow down work progress and stifle creativity in favor of organized productivity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Microsoft MBA internship experience

    Product Manager Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMeaningful and impactful projects, good work hours, leadership exposure, structured internship process,

    ConsCollaborative culture sometimes affects speed, but if you are smart and resourceful - there is no stopping you!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    fabulous company

    Intern (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosfood,culture, challenges simply love em

    Conspolitics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was fantastic

    Program Manager Intern (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsThe internship program is obviously designed to fix any problems before they occur. I had very clear project expectations, lots of positive feedback, great working conditions, and excellent compensation.

    ConsThe only major downside was the fact my project had trouble finding programmers to actually implement the planned feature, but my manager compensated very well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's hard to think of any way to improve - my overall experience was amazing. I guess the major problem is trying to coordinate so many projects in so many discrete departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

    Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    ConsCan be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer internship

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsPossibly the most structured internship on the planet. Summer camp for college students

    Consummmm.. It really depends on who you are - I just felt kind of lost in the company. However, it really is a great company - they treat their employees really well

    Advice to Senior Managementtry and relate more to the new hires

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Internship Program

    Software Development Engineer In Test Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

    ConsIt's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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