Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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  1.  

    Developer Intern

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    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

    Interns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    Cons

    The culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Explorer Intern Review

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    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

    As an explorer intern I got to experience the three disciplines: dev, test, and pm. I got to interview at the end of my internship for an internship next summer. If you stay on the same team, it is very easy to get offered back a full time offer. There are tons of intern events within the department that I worked and with the interns as a whole. The work environment was great and everyone was very eager to help me. I loved the project that I worked on during the summer.

    Cons

    I am not a hug fan of the Seattle area. Redmond was very boring to me. I also did not have a car so I really couldn't get around much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing place to work! They care about their employees!

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    • 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

    Great work-life balance, they care about growing you and helping to further your career. The benefits are amazing, there's great mobility within the company as a whole, and the work is interesting and engaging.

    Cons

    It's easy to overwork yourself. The "calibration" system is terrible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great location. Great people. Great benefits.

    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

    Lots of intern activities. Great work environments. Free sodas and Starbucks coffee machine. Great cafeteria. Nice place to do research.

    Cons

    Weather is nice during Summer but not so good the rest of the year. Have to work long hours but pay is not hourly so no overtime bonus pay.

  6.  

    Great place to intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours as long as your work gets done. Many people here work 40-50 hours per week and you're not looked down upon for doing so. Overall nice work environment. Work with very skilled and experienced people. Interesting work.

    For interns, pay is among the best for tech companies and the subsidized housing and rental car make it even better. Intern events are also awesome.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to deal with legacy systems. As with any huge company, there's some annoying bureaucracy to deal with. In many groups, there are no coding standards, insufficient code reviews, and extremely poor documentation. Work with lots of custom internal tools which means that experience here is not very transferable to other companies in some cases.

    Biggest con though is there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm from people in their day-to-day work; many people seem to be here to just do a decent job and get paid but don't care deeply about actually improving the customer experience or making their projects succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get mid and lower managers to make coding standards, code reviews, and documentation more of a priority. Yes, it's boring stuff but it would really save time and money in the long-run by reducing the number of bugs and duplicated effort. Make company-wide or division-wide standards (like Google's style guidelines) for the commonly-used programming languages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship

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

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

    Pros

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money

    Cons

    It's Microsoft not Linux, if you are a moral guy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    whatever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible project choices
    - Good mentorship/coaching experience
    - Projects that make an impact
    - Good networking opportunity with management and other teams
    - As intern you get many intern related events, and of course the intern gift

    Cons

    - Didn't really take my team ranking into consideration, got assigned to a random team.
    - Office type work environment vs. open space work environment (such as in Facebook or Google).
    - No free food.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty good learning experience

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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 part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very diverse work and learned quite a lot.

    Cons

    Big org and too many operation stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Can be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place with smart people

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very good working condition, smart people around me and they are very helpful and friendly. Also resouce is plentiful at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes meeting after meeting to make a decision when it requires running lean and agile. Also, HR people are very hard to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should really be running a lot leaner and relocate budget on the projects that will yield the most benefit to the customers.

    Approves of CEO

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