Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 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.  

    Great 6-month Internship

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Great learning environment
    Great flexibility in terms of working hours
    Great perks
    Having Microsoft on his resume is truly a great advantage

    Cons

    Microsoft has tools and software to do pretty much everything. In the end, It can be annoying to use Microsoft products constantly (very little use of open source tools).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Love it; Microsoft culture is healthy and promotes growth.

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    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
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  5.  

    Exciting, intellectually stimulating environment to work in

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great researchers contribute to making microsoft research an intellectually stimulating environment to work in.
    - Interesting and challenging projects to work on over the summer.
    - Microsoft research organizes a ton of free events for interns that are a lot of fun.

    Cons

    - High expectations from researchers in terms of getting results can be somewhat stressful at times.
    - Commute to work can be somewhat long depending one where you stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment for software engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    They give you tons of equipment that you'll ever want or need.
    Lots of smart people to be around all the time.
    You're own office.
    Free drinks whenever I want them.
    Great cafeteria food and they even tell you what's healthy and not.
    VERY VERY eco friendly environment.
    Encourage you to go out and meet other people on campus so they have happy hours where they serve free beer and food. They also encourage you to join sports on campus and you can go at any time during work hours to do whatever you want, may it be working out, volleyball, on a run, chat with people, get food, they don't care just have fun.
    The general thought is you can do whatever you want as long as your happy and you're getting your work done. You pretty much only HAVE to be in the office when you have meetings.
    Great benefits in and outside of the work place.

    Cons

    Since people are so free to do what they want its hard to deal with everyone schedules.
    There's a lot of smart but very arrogant and hard headed people - dealing with them can be very difficult and sometimes its hard to get what you want done.
    Lots of politics in the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Far better than I had hoped for.

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

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

    Pros

    You get to do interesting and important work, even as an intern. The people are nice, helpful, and personable. There are free drinks (Coke products, Pepsi products, fruit juice, milk, and Starbucks coffee). They have an internal shuttle service that takes you anywhere you need to go and commuter buses with wifi.

    Cons

    For me, the only real downside has been how far it is from my home, girlfriend, and family. It'll be better when I come back full time though because they're paying relocation for my girlfriend and putting her on my health insurance even though we aren't married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the PMs aren't actually useful. You could easily do with fewer of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic environment to play, learn, and grow.

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    My internship at Microsoft Research surpassed all of my expectations in the best way possible. I spent 12 weeks surrounded by motivated and curious students and researchers who were not only interested in helping me develop an interesting research project, but also interested in helping me develop as a researcher. Everyone I engaged with, from my mentor to team members to our group manager, spent time getting to know me and made me feel like a valued member of the MSR family.

    Cons

    At the time, FUSE was a bit far from the rest of the research division, but I believe that has been changed since.

    Interns worked on solo projects, leaving little time for us to put our heads together and learn from each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have interns work together on a project or area of focus. This would allow them to push each other more and let FUSE create structured activities to support the group as a whole, rather than each individual project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice environment, smart and friendly people.

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    Former Employee - Design Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Great space, smart people, free and open working environment. You got to do what you feel excited about. And it's pure academical.

    Cons

    Needs more critique on leadership. More collaborative space. But there are not really so much cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    HR intern in Mircrosoft Shanghai

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    good working environment, interns are given full responsibility as other formal employees do, so we have lots of work to do, lots of things to learn

    Cons

    cannot figure out now. :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work as a summer intern.

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

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

    Pros

    The internship program at Microsoft is excellent. They seem to treat interns as full time employees in terms of work. They also have lots of pretty fun events over the course of the summer and you get a chance to meet a lot of other interns and network within the company. They also pay really well.

    Cons

    The project I was given could have been more interesting, but that seems to vary a lot between interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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