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Updated Jul 28, 2014
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4.3 149 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(13 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsPeople are nice
    You get your own office
    you get many computer monitors
    Drink are free.
    People are smart, you get to ask a lot of questions and they usually help you out

    ConsNo con really. Its a bit far from home

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An outstanding place

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Golden Handcuffs

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsDevelopers 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.

    ConsAs 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

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

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    Excellent Company to work for

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMicrosoft 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place to do a research internship

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

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

    ConsNothing 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best place to work for

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent internship

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work at

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsFlexible 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.

    Consworking 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...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome Internship Experience

    Program Manager Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsPay, 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!

    ConsAbout 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 Senior ManagementGreat job with the intern program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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