Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    Cons

    At times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Microsoft was a whole new experience and great people.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work with great coworkers and dedicated. Good environment for employees

    Cons

    Little politics and typical large company problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome company

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    • 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

    Microsoft is located in Redmond, WA where you can have really nice weather during the summer. There are tons of nice and stimulating people in Microsoft, and tons of projects that are stimulating, challenging, and fun. I liked the food at the food court; there are diversity from pasta and burgers to pad thai and pho. You will absolutely love your experience at Microsoft. Plus, free sodas all the time.

    Cons

    There are not so many cons about working at Microsoft as an intern. But it is well known that their management somehow does not always work well; teams could be in a not-so-good relationship with other teams and all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent company to work for

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
    2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
    3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
    4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

    Cons

    1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
    2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
    3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

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    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

    - The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons

    - I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engieer

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

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

    Pros

    Big company, with a lot of oppurtunities

    Cons

    Too hard. Not easy to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of work, but well paid.

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    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

    Great pay smart dynamic team.

    Cons

    Very competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less competitive, foster more teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing intern experience

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

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

    Pros

    Family-friendly; great benefits; nice facility

    Cons

    Balmer's stacked rank has GOT to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stacked rank ASAP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great work environment but the work wasn't that fullfilling

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; excellent salarie and benefits.

    Cons

    Not enough work for PMs; too much overhead; work is not that exciting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less overhead

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great overall experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The culture, the empowerment, the work environment, the learnings of the industry and being part of a very dynamic team, having the ability to orchestrate your own projects and making a tangible impact.

    Cons

    One of the fallbacks was that some work in cross-functional settings led to increased dependability in teams that had a more laid back culture which led to unnecessary setbacks in project deadlines. Nevertheless, effective communication led to quality delivery and all was good at the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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