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Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Golden Handcuffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, fun activities, fabulous intern gifts- you can tell that money was really thrown your way as an intern.

    Cons

    Office work can get tedious, some interns were given projects that weren't utilized after they were gone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An outstanding place

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    • Senior Management
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    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

    - Very interesting projects
    - You largely get to choose what you are working on
    - Super-smart people, both full-time researchers and fellow interns
    - Very nice work-life balance; MSR throws cool intern events

    Cons

    Redmond/Seattle area in general aren't as exciting as some other areas like the Bay Area, but nature-wise it's nonetheless stunning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Developers have their own offices. Because Microsoft has a longer release cycle than many software companies, the stereotypical "have to work overtime because the project is due" doesn't really apply. Very laid-back environment. As long as you get your work done and don't miss meetings, no one really minds when you work.

    Cons

    As with any company with thousands of employees, sometimes you can feel like a grain of sand on the beach. As a developer, you don't have a say in the big picture of the company. If that's important to you, don't work here; find a start-up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

    Thank you for the candid review, great comments and insight.

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  5.  

    Excellent Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The company took good care of the interns, even the ones not in the Redmond location. Microsoft had a fun culture, interesting events, and an overall well organized intern program.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a large company that can be stuck in process and organization, that might slow down work progress and stifle creativity in favor of organized productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best place to do a research internship

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    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

    + World class researchers
    + Friendly environment
    + Great projects
    + Lots of perks for the interns
    + Weather is great during the summer
    Great experience overall

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. 3 months may not be enough for a full fledged project, so it takes a lot of effort, but it is worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best place to work for

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    - A lot of smart people around
    - All cutting edge technologies
    - High speed hardware availability
    - Free coffee and drinks
    - There are always people who are experts in your area of need
    - Nice playground, and on-campus cafeteria

    Cons

    - No free lunch/ dinner.
    - Very big company; so dependencies are large. Each department has their own priority. So, you have to stall your research until you hear back from the product team, which takes over a week sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work at

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    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

    Flexible working hour, free sodas, nice gym membership, parking well available, once a month a party with wine. For interns there was also a subsidized car rental -- a good thing to take to see around, even though not a necessity for commuting as the company accommodation is just across the road.

    Cons

    working in offices with very thin walls, if someone on the other side is having a lot of phone calls, it may get a bit disturbing. No free food as google has, having at least some fruit available through day would be nice...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pay, great gifts (Samsung series 9 ultra book), exciting and real work, individual office!, intern speaker series with Steve Ballmer and VPs, amazing events with private concerts (Young the Giant, Alabama Shakes), the list goes on.
    This was by far the best internship experience I've had. I felt that I made a difference and learned plenty along the way. Even if you don't see yourself going to Microsoft full time, this is still an amazing internship opportunity!

    Cons

    About 1500 interns so you can't meet everyone.
    Redmond is boring, but it's only a 25 minute drive to Seattle in no traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job with the intern program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing learning experience

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    First, the work atmosphere is motivating, providing a lot of opportunities to learn both the technical knowledge and how the industrial research works. Second, my boss was very helpful, providing a precise advice and guidance for the project I was working on. Finally, the most rewarding part was an opportunity to make a lasting influence, by working on a project that got shipped with the next version of Windows operating system.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is the nature of research that requires short term to mid-term benefits. For people who would prefer more fundamental, but riskier research plans Microsoft research might not be the best place to be. Although, that might not apply in general, but only for the unit I was involved in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Microsoft MBA internship experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meaningful and impactful projects, good work hours, leadership exposure, structured internship process,

    Cons

    Collaborative culture sometimes affects speed, but if you are smart and resourceful - there is no stopping you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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