Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
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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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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Well-designed internship program

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    good experience, not enough support for growth

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    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
  7.  

    Neutral

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    MBA Internship at Microsoft

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    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
  9.  

    MSRA intern

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable but boring

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Good pay/perks for the area, job stability.
    - Not as many long nights as at a startup.
    - Company has a lot of resources.

    Cons

    - Boring! Other companies in industry are doing much more interesting things.
    - It's a huge company, don't expect to feel much camaraderie with coworkers or be kept informed of (the few) interesting things going on in the organization.
    - Very top down (compared to startups and other companies in the software industry).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Innovate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best or average, depending on whether you have passion for technology and ready to take the initiative all the time.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The benefits were decent. The pay for a summer intern is above the industry standard.
    There is a lot of respect shown towards the work of all employees and interns alike.
    Everyone is doing real work.
    No micromanagement at all. I was only told once in the beginning I was kind of expected to be at work from 10 to 4; however, I repeatedly showed up at work at 1 p.m. and there was not a single remark about it. (Of course, it was my problem when I had to work on some weekends to have the work done, but again, nobody was counting when I was working and for how long.)
    Very open structure, a lot of communication going on (not necessarily a plus for me, but Microsoft is very communication-oriented).
    Great technology.
    Everything is optimized. Like, you think it might be a good idea how to improve something: signs in your building, meeting schedule, some internal rules - you send an email, and you immediately get a friendly response, and people start working on implementing your suggestion (or disucssing it) as long as you want it.

    Seems to be very fair for reviews, promotions, salary increases, etc.

    If you are invited for an on-site interview, you will get reimbursed for everything. You can negotiate another day in the hotel, negotiate where you want to fly from and to, ask for another 5 free taxi vouchers, etc. They don't care what you where for the interview (or when you work there). They don't care if you have a weird haircut or sexual orientation. Only your skills, your passion for technology and for the customers, and your enthusiams matter. A lot of appreciation for the good work you do.

    Cons

    Work was not challenging or interesting enough. A lot of code that is just doing routine things. It is not just Microsoft, however, it is necessary by the nature of the work. I am just not so much of an engineer, my background is in math and theoretical computer science, so I enjoy interesting things where you have to think, not just seeing technology work.

    You have to be excited about your work. You do not have to work 14 hours a day (or even 10, really), but you do have to be excited and want to learn new technology, get a better developer (or a better Microsoft developer, more specifically) or getter tester, or manager, etc. This may seem like a good thing (and it really is!) --- but this is also somewhat forced. You have to identify where you want to grow (when you work there full-time) in a written form, then the company will help you - coach you, move you to another project, etc. You cannot just say "I just want to work here for my 40 hours and get paid". You have to find out yourself what you want to do. You have to load yourself with work, come up with new ideas, take the initiative, etc. This is required. So they are requiring and taking some of your emotional or spiritual energy in this way.

    Too much admiration for Microsoft. Gets annoying to see all those monitors and posters and emails, advertising, how happy is everyone is at Microsoft. Even though it is not far from truth, a lot of people are very happy and very excited from working there.... - but this also gets annoying. Seriously, I cannot stand some many people claiming to be excited about their work every day, everyone from smiling drivers of the shuttle cars on campus to those working in the cafeteria, to researchers, developers, managers... It looks too good to be true, made me feel uncomfortable.

    During my internship I was not given enough information on what was expected of me. It took me some time to understand that people just expected me to take the initiative. For example, they may not tell you "you have to do it by next Friday" --- but you will have to ask "what do I have to do and by which date?" If you don't, they will think you don't know what's going on (because you don't care to ask around) so not interested, or you are not a productive worker. They will find somebody else to do the job, or the project will move slower (they have many projects; sometimes 2-3 teams, doing the same thing, so at least one can succeed :)), and you will get a not-as-great review and may be eventually asked to leave. Although, I admit, this is fair in a way. If you have the initiative, go for it.

    A lot of emphasis on getting the work done (which is good), but not as much on making people do what they are good at. The responsibility is totally on you. You have to figure out what you like and what you don't, what you are good at or not good at. You have to take the initiative. (Then, in many cases, you will actually be able to move to a position that you want.)

    Many developers, testers, etc. are, it seems, not too great in terms of their skill, as Microsoft is a big place. However, talent is always recognized, and people are always trying to get better. If your background is limited and you need to learn a lot, but Microsoft still takes you --- then prepare to work a lot, too. It may actually be a lot of hours every day. (Yet again, nobody will count, and you can do it at home.)

    Redmond location - there are some commute issues. Microsoft is working on that (like their "the connector" is a great thing), yet this will always be an issue.

    So-called starbucks coffee is no good, and cafeteria food is average (I have seen pretty much their best cafetereia during the on-campus interview.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't repeat all the time how great is Microsoft. There is already enough enthusiams from below.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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