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  1. Sde intern intervir

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People 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

    Cons

    No con really. Its a bit far from home


  2. Helpful (1)

    Golden Handcuffs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  3. An outstanding place

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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

    Cons

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


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  5. Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Developers 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.

    Cons

    As 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.

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012 – Marketing Manager

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


  6. Excellent Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Microsoft 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.


  7. Best place to do a research internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing 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


  8. Best place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    working 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...


  10. Awesome Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (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 Management

    Great job with the intern program.


  11. Amazing learning experience

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (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.



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