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Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 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.  

    not great but it was okay

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

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

    Pros

    money and cool work with large area of impact

    Cons

    lack of autonomy and not enough flexibility in terms of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work as a summer intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The internship program at Microsoft is excellent. They seem to treat interns as full time employees in terms of work. They also have lots of pretty fun events over the course of the summer and you get a chance to meet a lot of other interns and network within the company. They also pay really well.

    Cons

    The project I was given could have been more interesting, but that seems to vary a lot between interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship

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

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

    Pros

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money

    Cons

    It's Microsoft not Linux, if you are a moral guy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    whatever

    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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is the best place to do an internship.

    Cons

    there is no cons that I remember.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sde intern intervir

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Golden Handcuffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An outstanding place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

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

  10.  

    Excellent Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best place to do a research internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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