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Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free drinks all around, flexible timings and informal environment. Lots of events and parties. Tons of options for playing options - pool, foosball, tabletennis, and lot's more. Hyderabad campus is really beautiful. Good Stipend and first two weeks at a good guest house. Work environment not pressurizing. Teammates are really helpful.

    Cons

    Almost none for an intern. The stipend can be increased a bit though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job.

  2. OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. Good benefits, boring works

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    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits-They provide pretty good benifits. Including gyms, transportation fees, relocation, flight...
    Good salary-One of the most competitive salaries among tech companies
    Good perks

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic
    Boring works
    Can't contribute too much

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  5. not great but it was okay

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    money and cool work with large area of impact

    Cons

    lack of autonomy and not enough flexibility in terms of work

  6. fabulous company

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    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    food,culture, challenges simply love em

    Cons

    politics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

  7. Well-designed internship program

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    Former Intern - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They encourage people to move around the different parts of the company every 18-24 months. So one need not feel stuck no matter how un-motivating the current group or work is.

    Efforts to promote meritocracy (but not always successful, as some politics naturally creeps in, in such a large company)

    Great work/life balance.

    Various events to keep employees up-to-date of the new technologies.

    Great food of every kind in the canteens.

    Parking never an issue.

    Cons

    I was a finance manager intern, and before joining I did not realize that finance is implicitly viewed a support function. The influence of finance partners is not significant in the major decisions.

    Groups work in their own silos, with little transfer of best practices among them.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the silos.

  8. A great place for a college internship.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly and talented folks; my manager was very resourceful and did not just give me a project that was swept under the rug.

    Cons

    I feel like I could be making a larger contribution if I worked at a smaller company or SV area startup.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to let incoming interns know ahead of time what they will be working on for the summer.

  9. Summer internship

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    ummmm.. 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 Management

    try and relate more to the new hires

  10. good experience, not enough support for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    You have access to information about so many new products that are coming out
    Career path is explicit
    Compensation is very good

    Cons

    Many of Microsoft's products don't win in the market
    Being in the company is very competitive and work-life balance hard to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Offer the interns more space to learn before throwing them into the fire. The transition from college to new hire seems very rough.

  11. Neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn. Time flexibility. Good infra structure.

    Cons

    Microsoft Brazildoesn`t have junior opportunities, so if you are an intern the best option for you after the internship is to leave the company to work elsewhere.
    Microsoft Brazil is to much scorecard driven, don`t have a good long term view and don`t have many independece from Microsoft Corp.

    Advice to Management

    Don`t lose young talents. Improve the emplyee satisfaction and work life balance.

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