Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Felt like just another number.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great products
    -great opportunities
    -PM roll rocks

    Cons

    -hit or miss with management. i had really bad luck with a manager that rejected her last 3 interns.
    -no personalized attention really -- off on your own and expected to figure things out completely (my experience, my friend had different experiences)
    -traffic if commuting from downtown Seattle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest more in your employees
    -Try to keep groups seem smaller

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing learning experience

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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 for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Microsoft MBA internship experience

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    • 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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    fabulous company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    food,culture, challenges simply love em

    Cons

    politics is aggressive,you gotta be observant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best intern program in the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Researcher  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern Researcher in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a 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...

  7.  

    Well-designed internship program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They encourage people to move around the different parts of the company every 18-24 months. So one need not feel stuck no matter how un-motivating the current group or work is.

    Efforts to promote meritocracy (but not always successful, as some politics naturally creeps in, in such a large company)

    Great work/life balance.

    Various events to keep employees up-to-date of the new technologies.

    Great food of every kind in the canteens.

    Parking never an issue.

    Cons

    I was a finance manager intern, and before joining I did not realize that finance is implicitly viewed a support function. The influence of finance partners is not significant in the major decisions.

    Groups work in their own silos, with little transfer of best practices among them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was fantastic

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  10.  

    A great place for a college internship.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very friendly and talented folks; my manager was very resourceful and did not just give me a project that was swept under the rug.

    Cons

    I feel like I could be making a larger contribution if I worked at a smaller company or SV area startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be good to let incoming interns know ahead of time what they will be working on for the summer.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Can be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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