Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
8,453 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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  1.  

    very good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Cty by the Se, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Cty by the Se, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a world biggest IT company, everyone like working there. You can make a lot of friends there,and enjoy the working environment there!

    Cons

    They have all the smartest people there, you have to compete with them and that will be the hardest thing I think if you want to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money, more fun

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This internship was challenging, informative, and rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - High School Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    They give you a coding mentor who will help you when you're stuck on a problem.
    They provide lots of opportunities to network with your higher ups.
    They give out an Intern gift every year, usually one of their latest products (like the Surface Pro).
    They increment your hourly wage each time you come back as an intern.

    Cons

    You're expected to do a lot of self learning as your mentor will likely be very busy with his/her own projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Team environment, friendly staff that's very caring.

    Cons

    Learning curve was hard to adjust to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Microsoft spoils interns!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects nice people, Washigton is a very good place to live.

    Cons

    It's a huge living organism - communicatin between certain teams could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to intern!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. Microsoft has really changed a lot over the year. I loved being challenged every day and working on new things
    2. I got a free surface pro + got to see Macklemore and Steve Ballmer live
    3. Seattle is just awesome in summer. The place to be!

    Cons

    The corporate housing is a bit expensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Research Intern

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

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

    Pros

    The research internship program is really well-organized. There're housing, car rental and relocation subsidies, as well as internship only events.

    Cons

    No option for a return offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving research interns options to work full-time after graduate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was awesome.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Learned a lot.
    Worked with great people.

    Cons

    Project scope is sometimes too small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic research-driven workplace where you will be surrounded by smart, friendly coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Doctoral Intern
    Former Employee - Doctoral Intern

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

    Pros

    Researchers here work much like they would in academia on self-directed projects.
    Colleagues are smart and able to offer insightful feedback.
    The facilities are lovely and well-appointed.
    Pay is generous; vacation time and benefits are more than adequate.

    Cons

    There are very few cons to working at MSR.
    I worked as a doctoral intern and I was disappointed that there were not more opportunities to be hired full-time upon finishing my degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love it; Microsoft culture is healthy and promotes growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Explore Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Explore Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    They treat interns very well; it's what you make of the internship and managers are very helpful and willing to share.

    Cons

    You have to fix your eyes on inspiring people because there are some interns who will pull you to slack off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps treat interns more similarly to the full time employees so that we get a feel for what full time would be like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting, intellectually stimulating environment to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - Great researchers contribute to making microsoft research an intellectually stimulating environment to work in.
    - Interesting and challenging projects to work on over the summer.
    - Microsoft research organizes a ton of free events for interns that are a lot of fun.

    Cons

    - High expectations from researchers in terms of getting results can be somewhat stressful at times.
    - Commute to work can be somewhat long depending one where you stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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