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Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. Nice working at Microsoft Research

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    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than a 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
  2. Microsoft Research Intern

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  3. Great benefits and people if you can find them

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    Current Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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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  5. Great place to pass an internship

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    Current Intern - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Intern - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    + Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons

    - There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at Microsoft was a whole new experience and great people.

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

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

    Pros

    Work with great coworkers and dedicated. Good environment for employees

    Cons

    Little politics and typical large company problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Awesome company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is located in Redmond, WA where you can have really nice weather during the summer. There are tons of nice and stimulating people in Microsoft, and tons of projects that are stimulating, challenging, and fun. I liked the food at the food court; there are diversity from pasta and burgers to pad thai and pho. You will absolutely love your experience at Microsoft. Plus, free sodas all the time.

    Cons

    There are not so many cons about working at Microsoft as an intern. But it is well known that their management somehow does not always work well; teams could be in a not-so-good relationship with other teams and all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. excellent company to work for

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
    2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
    3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
    4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

    Cons

    1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
    2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
    3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

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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

    - The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons

    - I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. A lot of work, but well paid.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay smart dynamic team.

    Cons

    Very competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less competitive, foster more teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Amazing intern experience

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

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Family-friendly; great benefits; nice facility

    Cons

    Balmer's stacked rank has GOT to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stacked rank ASAP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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