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Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
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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.  

    Microsoft MBA internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meaningful and impactful projects, good work hours, leadership exposure, structured internship process,

    Cons

    Collaborative culture sometimes affects speed, but if you are smart and resourceful - there is no stopping you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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

    One of the best intern program in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Researcher in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern Researcher in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazing place, doing amazing project with amazing people. Very good benefit and decent pay. Seattle area is generally very beautiful in summers, and doing an intern at MSR is a great chance to visit. They even offer free xbox and kinect to every intern last year.

    Cons

    1. No free food, 2. no health insurance, 3. only a few chance to get a full time offer (at MSR)
    I can't imagine any other drawbacks other than these...

  3.  

    It was fantastic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The internship program is obviously designed to fix any problems before they occur. I had very clear project expectations, lots of positive feedback, great working conditions, and excellent compensation.

    Cons

    The only major downside was the fact my project had trouble finding programmers to actually implement the planned feature, but my manager compensated very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to think of any way to improve - my overall experience was amazing. I guess the major problem is trying to coordinate so many projects in so many discrete departments.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you are looking to settle down into a stable career for the rest of your life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Everyone I met over the age of 30 was happy to have an incredibly stable job at a company with excellent benefits and a lot of respect for their software engineers.

    Cons

    Everyone I met under the age of 30 didn't have anything against Microsoft but was restless and wanted to go do something else with their lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing in particular, I loved my time there and if you're looking for that sort of stability I can't imagine a better place to code.

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

    Interesting & challenging work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    As one of the worlds largest software companies, you feel that what you are doing there is making a difference. The work is challenging and interesting and the rest of the staff is made out of very bright people willing to help you.

    It also has a very fun and laid back environment, the free drinks are awesome though they may make you gain some weight if you abuse them.

    Cons

    Your success as an intern depends a lot on which product group you're on, some managers are much more demanding than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Microsoft's truly technical roots and take more risks, it certainly pays off in the long run. Get more technical people at the top of the management food chain as they know best how to handle projects.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Working at Microsoft gives great benefits, a great work atmosphere, and great technology to work on in a wonderful climate.

    Cons

    Being a large company could present downsides against innovation and having power in expressing your ideas. Microsoft does a lot to address solutions to overcoming its big company atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft has great products but they are sometimes not marketed well. Much has been done in this area over the past years, but this work could be continued.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Internship Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

    Cons

    It's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

    Cons

    The housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft, the most mature tech company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - The people I am working with are really smart and friendly. Everyone trusts each other and every employee is given the freedom to express their ideas and determine their approach to a problem. This also applies for interns like me. There is no seniority at Microsoft. The individual contributors, the leads, the managers, and the leadership all have their own unique roles within the company and they respect each other.
    - My manager is my best mentor. He is not a person who tells me what to do. But he is a person who tells me do what I think is the right thing to do, and if along the way I encounter problems or become frustrated, my manager is there to give me supports, both technically and mentally.
    - The work processes at Microsoft are highly structured and very well thought. Schedules are planned very far ahead in great details that the product can be released on time with a strict quality bar. The processes and the logistics of the processes are communicated really well to the employees to websites, wikis, and shared documents that are easily accessible.
    - There are tons of communication going on in the company. Each of us has instant messaging client on our machine (Office Communicator) and we chat with each other on daily basis. We also send emails like crazy, which is much better than not knowing what others are doing.
    - The salary is well beyond the average salary in regular tech companies. The salary for an intern is also well beyond my expectation.
    - Managers are required to give assessment of performance of the employees. In turn, employees are supposed to give assessment of performance of the manager. This creates a positive feedback loop in the company, and everyone learns from each other. We also review each other's code and each other's design document, in order to help each other improve.
    - We have no work hours. We only need to get done with our work, and that's it. It's up to us whether we want to work 9am-5pm, 11am-7pm, 7am-3pm, or working from home, etc. Things just have to get done.
    - We get tons of benefits and free sodas.
    - The diversity in Microsoft is amazing. Tell me one race, ethnicity, or religion, and I can always find a Microsoft employee that has the chosen characteristic. It's surprising even to me how much I feel at home at Microsoft.

    Cons

    For you who love the startup-like thrill and excitement of being able to contribute a big chunk of a product, you may not find Microsoft the perfect company to work with. In some teams that are currently developing prototypes for a cutting edge product, you may find a startup-like culture in which everyone tries to be as creative as possible and contribute as much as possible to the design of the product. However, once the design is settled and becomes more mature, it is necessary to have a well-thought, highly structured process, in order for the product to make it on time, on budget, on quality bar. Then, you may have to get involved in this highly structured process no matter what. It is good to have structure, but probably it is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One thing that I would love to see is more presence of the high managers in our daily work. It would be great if the managers would give much more presentations about where the team is heading in 2-3 years, or what are the most important priorities for our customers we need to address, or other high level stuffs that are not necessarily the employees' main task items day to day, but will be highly inspiring to have. But in general, I am happy with the way it is and I like every single manager I have been working with or in contact with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    SDE Internship at Microsoft - Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    An internship at Microsoft has been a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The pay and benefits for interns is better than most other internships. Above this, however, the way in which Microsoft structures their internships is very refreshing compared to past internships I've had. Intern projects at Microsoft are incredibly well thought out and are designed so that you can complete them during the summer, make an impact, and not have to learn every intricacy of the product you are working on.

    As for working for Microsoft in general, everyone seems to be very happy with their jobs and I have yet to see much that would make me want to work anywhere else.

    Cons

    Not really a negative, but I would say that your experience here, much like at other companies, is very much dependent on your group and the people you work with. There of course have been a few stories of interns who work for groups they simply don't like. For the most part, however, the groups are all very enthusiastic and fun to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was probably not at the company long enough to make a reasonable assessment of Senior Management at Microsoft. Although I can say that everyone I have had contact with that is in a management position above me has been nothing but enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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