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Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Too Big

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    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. Bureaucratic, reliant on ancient protocol and values, but so rich they bribe me to stay.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. They understand the direction such a large, heavy corporation needs to take. They are candid with the reality of the company yet work hard to make it better. The pay is great, the benefits are great for full-time employees (health insurance, 401k, etc.). Program Managers (what my internship was in) have a lot of interesting tasks to do, and it changes every day

    Cons

    I'm just a PM intern, and this status makes some people believe - particularly people in sales, marketing, design, and non-engineering roles whom I've had to deal with - that they can overrule me. I am young but very, very familiar with the technology space. They don't take you seriously here unless you're 50 years old and have tenure, even if your protocols and infrastructures are so outdated that internal employees call them "atrocious." Let's take TechNet for example - the worst documentation library of all the tech giants. It is unreadable, and the documentation teams at Microsoft are so unfit for writing because they are not given access to resources such as test devices and software. Marketing people are completely closedminded and think their strategies actually work! Our marketing strategy is grabbing ahold on the Office ship and hoping it never sinks. Many older employees who have been around for a long time are unwilling to change and progress. I might be an intern - but if you want Microsoft to be hip and at least not a 2004 product, you have to start listening to younger folks.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off some of the tenure folks that sit around and demand that their protocol and opinions be followed. They're not with the new age of technology and never will be. Give the documentation team resources so they're actually qualified to write documentation. Hire better UI/UX designers.


  3. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR and recruiting are really committed and invested in their interns. They offer a great experience.

    Cons

    Didn't have a great manager and as a PM. Bing a PM at Microsoft is a bit ambiguous.


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  5. MSRA intern

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    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.


  6. Neutral

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    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.


  7. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. 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


  10. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, culture here is good

    Cons

    Salary is not very high to be attractive


  11. A Good Place for a Start

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    • 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
    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.



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