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Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    Research Intern

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

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The research internship program is really well-organized. There're housing, car rental and relocation subsidies, as well as internship only events.

    Cons

    No option for a return offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving research interns options to work full-time after graduate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I was one of the lucky few interns to feel like I was working at a startup with the aim of learning and not making $$$

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    Former Employee - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great intern program, GREAT pay, supportive team structure, they spoil you like crazy, beautiful location (Seattle), LOTS of design flexibility with your project, you are treated like a real member of the team

    Cons

    low key projects in big company - fell like I don't have enough contribution. Good for first internship if you are bound to make lots of mistakes, experience depends A LOT on the individual team and manager - so not guaranteed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the interns have a little more of a say in which project they ca work on. If they are excited about it, you'll get better results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was awesome.

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    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot.
    Worked with great people.

    Cons

    Project scope is sometimes too small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a lot, great people, great perks

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    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    Cons

    Experience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun experience

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

    As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

    Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    Cons

    The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent organization to pursue research career in Computer Science

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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 a year)

    Pros

    - Nice benefits
    - Lots of smart people around to work with
    - Decent salary for an intern

    Cons

    - Lack of flexibility in terms of engineering
    - Extremely rigid policies with respect to open source software, which is often an hindrance in research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Developer Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Interns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    Cons

    The culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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