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Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Too Big

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

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    You're working for an established ocmpany

    Cons

    Nothing gets done because the company is so large.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to cutback and improve the efficiency and efficacy of your organizational structure.


  2. MSRA intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Neutral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Internship at Microsoft Arabia

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There's lots to learn, very challenging, amazing international experience and benefits are great!

    Cons

    HR was very junior and not professional on so many levels. Very political environment & witnessed terrible attitudes towards interns. Some leaders were only scorecard driven & only wanted to achieve their numbers, even if it was against policy rules.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.


  7. Just OK

    Former Intern - Summer Intern
    Former Intern - Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    Free delicious lunch and rich salad bar Free Gym Kinect

    Cons

    Repetitive lunch menu Lack of entertainment and free time options Unnecessary strict security control for interns


  8. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, culture here is good

    Cons

    Salary is not very high to be attractive


  9. A Good Place for a Start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for an internship. Allows you to get real world experience and make a difference. The work is challenging, guided while not being too stifiling. HR works well with the interns, ensuring that they are taken care off. But with so many interns (and regular employees), "things" are bound to happen. While definitely not the best in the industry, the benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    Too big. Small fish in a big pond complex. Sometimes you wonder how much you can climb. Some people may be arrogant, which can be a bit of a turnoff sometimes. And of course: the stigma of the evil empire.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and transparent with the rest of the company.


  10. Microsoft, a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

    Cons

    The weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.


  11. Research Intern happy with experience

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, incredibly smart people, worldwide impact. You will have all the tools you need to do a great job if you have the energy and motivation. You can meet with anyone in the company if you can find time; everyone is happy to help each other out, to give feedback, to talk about career advancement. You will be paid better than at other similar companies. An internship at MSR is more structured and more productive than at IBM or Google; you will also be encouraged to publish.

    Cons

    The commutes around Redmond are horrible. There are no trains or light rail options; you must be on the road whether in your car, a bus, a carpool, on a bike or on foot. From near the 520 bridge in Seattle, the commute takes between 30 and 120 minutes. Microsoft's "hero" culture can be tough for new employees to navigate. Shyness will get you nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to be managers. Good engineers do not automatically make good managers.



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