Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 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.  

    Awesome Internship Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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
  2.  

    Amazing learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  3.  

    Microsoft MBA internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for less than a 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best intern program in the world

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place, doing amazing project with amazing people. Very good benefit and decent pay. Seattle area is generally very beautiful in summers, and doing an intern at MSR is a great chance to visit. They even offer free xbox and kinect to every intern last year.

    Cons

    1. No free food, 2. no health insurance, 3. only a few chance to get a full time offer (at MSR)
    I can't imagine any other drawbacks other than these...

  6.  

    It was fantastic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The internship program is obviously designed to fix any problems before they occur. I had very clear project expectations, lots of positive feedback, great working conditions, and excellent compensation.

    Cons

    The only major downside was the fact my project had trouble finding programmers to actually implement the planned feature, but my manager compensated very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to think of any way to improve - my overall experience was amazing. I guess the major problem is trying to coordinate so many projects in so many discrete departments.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you are looking to settle down into a stable career for the rest of your life

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Everyone I met over the age of 30 was happy to have an incredibly stable job at a company with excellent benefits and a lot of respect for their software engineers.

    Cons

    Everyone I met under the age of 30 didn't have anything against Microsoft but was restless and wanted to go do something else with their lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in particular, I loved my time there and if you're looking for that sort of stability I can't imagine a better place to code.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting & challenging work

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    As one of the worlds largest software companies, you feel that what you are doing there is making a difference. The work is challenging and interesting and the rest of the staff is made out of very bright people willing to help you.

    It also has a very fun and laid back environment, the free drinks are awesome though they may make you gain some weight if you abuse them.

    Cons

    Your success as an intern depends a lot on which product group you're on, some managers are much more demanding than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Microsoft's truly technical roots and take more risks, it certainly pays off in the long run. Get more technical people at the top of the management food chain as they know best how to handle projects.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing work experience

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Working at Microsoft gives great benefits, a great work atmosphere, and great technology to work on in a wonderful climate.

    Cons

    Being a large company could present downsides against innovation and having power in expressing your ideas. Microsoft does a lot to address solutions to overcoming its big company atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft has great products but they are sometimes not marketed well. Much has been done in this area over the past years, but this work could be continued.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Internship Program

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

    Cons

    It's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

    Cons

    The housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends

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