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Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
8,616 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.  

    Good benefits, boring works

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

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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    not great but it was okay

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

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

    Pros

    money and cool work with large area of impact

    Cons

    lack of autonomy and not enough flexibility in terms of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    fabulous company

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

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

    Pros

    food,culture, challenges simply love em

    Cons

    politics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well-designed internship program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place for a college internship.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - PM Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    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 ManagementAdvice

    try and relate more to the new hires

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Neutral

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    MBA Internship at Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Management Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Management Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    1. People
    The people at MS are amazing in how much they are willing to help out with anything and everything. They are very smart and very passionate about what they do. It is fun to meet them and work with them. The Kellogg alumni at MS are especially helpful and nice.

    2. Networking/Company Culture
    The company encourages a lot of networking and exchange of information. It allows you to meet people from other groups and learn about their projects. It is nice to know that the work you're doing does not stay in a vacuum and that you are able to leverage other people's knowledge and best practices, so that you're not spinning your wheels.

    3. Opportunities
    It is encouraged to rotate and spend 16 - 18 months with different groups and doing different things, so it gives everyone a great opportunity to network within the company and try different things.

    Cons

    1. Team Culture
    My team had an intense culture, due to all being ex-consultants and due to working on the strategy of the flagship product. It was a different culture than I expected and was therefore disappointed. However, I did enjoy working and collaborating with them. It was more of a personality and style issue. So my advice would be to interview the team as they are interviewing you during the second round.

    2. Size of the Company
    The company felt really big and it felt like it could swallow someone who was not doing the "right" things (e.g. networking constantly, changing jobs every 18 months, working intensely on side projects, etc.). I felt like it added an extra step on the responsibilities that came with the job.

    3. Seattle
    Seattle was a fun city to be over the summer. However, I could not see myself living there over the long term. It felt too small and much less urban than I had imagined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there was closer monitoring of managers who are already known to be "difficult" when interns are assigned to them. I don't know if this would be through GMs or the HR contacts, but I've found it to be necessary.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    MSRA intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    smart people to work with and it is free to do what you like and can do research on popular tech

    Cons

    Cannot make real code but only ideas and demos. Microsoft is not good at internet dev. I don't like to work under windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leader is nice in Microsoft, not that tough. But they are push, you have to finish and implement your ideas very quickly.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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