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Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Great location. Great people. Great benefits.

    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (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.


  2. Great place to intern.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Intern
    Current Intern - Software Development Intern

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    whatever


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  5. Excellent internship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Pretty good learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse work and learned quite a lot.

    Cons

    Big org and too many operation stuff.

    Advice to Management

    none


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

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Great place with smart people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great experience for freshmen and sophomores

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great insight to the big company - Free drinks :) - Very convenient place to work - Excellent networks - See great lectures - Great benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Too big, will not give a great chance to do a super break-through action - Have too many products that are not really focused strongly - Rain pours and cloudy most of the time - Not fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Give young people a chance to experiment


  10. Helpful (2)

    Excellent intern compensation package...quirky company culture

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft takes good care of its interns. Competitive compensation, including relocation, help with rent during your internship, a variety of intern-only field trips, and your choice of commuting benefits: car rental, bike plan (MS pays most of the $$ for a new bike), public bus pass, and wi-fi enables Microsoft commuter buses. Job satisfaction will depend on which team you are embedded with.

    Cons

    On some teams, the expectation is that interns won't make a real contribution; and that your internship is just a public relations sales pitch to potential future employees. The company culture is quite quirky; it seems that many employees aren't genuinely or wholeheartedly invested in Microsoft or the project their working on....evangelize Windows Mobile to your co-workers during the day, and play on the iPhone after work. Perhaps it's just about a nice paycheck and excellent benefits package.

    Advice to Management

    I found the mid-level managers to be quite competent; though sometimes there is a good-ol'-boy mentality to reward those who've been at Microsoft for awhile (rather than reward competence). Steve Ballmer can be embarrassing.


  11. Interns at MS get to meet Bill Gates!

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality of life, with beautiful campus, offices, nice cafeterias, etc. Other employees are very smart and hard working. Impactful projects - lots of people use Office, etc..

    Cons

    Microsoft can be very demanding, especially during crunch times. The corporation is often HUGE, so one person's experience in one role/division may very considerably from another person's elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    n/a



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