Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 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.  

    Fun experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

    As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

    Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    Cons

    The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent organization to pursue research career in Computer Science

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Nice benefits
    - Lots of smart people around to work with
    - Decent salary for an intern

    Cons

    - Lack of flexibility in terms of engineering
    - Extremely rigid policies with respect to open source software, which is often an hindrance in research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Fantastic research-driven workplace where you will be surrounded by smart, friendly coworkers

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    Former Employee - Doctoral Intern
    Former Employee - Doctoral Intern

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Researchers here work much like they would in academia on self-directed projects.
    Colleagues are smart and able to offer insightful feedback.
    The facilities are lovely and well-appointed.
    Pay is generous; vacation time and benefits are more than adequate.

    Cons

    There are very few cons to working at MSR.
    I worked as a doctoral intern and I was disappointed that there were not more opportunities to be hired full-time upon finishing my degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits, boring works

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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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Explorer Intern Review

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a 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
  9.  

    Amazing place to work! They care about their employees!

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    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a 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
  10.  

    Love it; Microsoft culture is healthy and promotes growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Explore Intern  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Explore Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They treat interns very well; it's what you make of the internship and managers are very helpful and willing to share.

    Cons

    You have to fix your eyes on inspiring people because there are some interns who will pull you to slack off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps treat interns more similarly to the full time employees so that we get a feel for what full time would be like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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 for less than a 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.

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