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Updated September 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Research Intern, Microsoft Research

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best CS Research Internships on this planet ! Great work culture, great intern benefits - MSR interns are pampered with huge salary, several outings/picnics/ice cream socials/free MS Surface gifts/private concerts, etc.

    Cons

    Only 3 months. Less chances of full-time offer conversion.

    Advice to Management

    The way you handle MSR interns is just awesome. Keep rocking MSR :)


  2. Software Engineer Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Payment and other benefits Fun intern experience Free and open team & environment

    Cons

    Actual work is quite limited such that not much innovation / personal input can be stimulated

    Advice to Management

    To my team, they were friendly. To the project management, I did have some issues with the design section of the work. Hope they could speed up on intern work.


  3. finance intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Intern - Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great and known company to work for, friendly people, great work/life balance

    Cons

    big company, difficult to grow, sales subsidiary, a lot of hierarchy with foreign employees

    Advice to Management

    reduce the interaction and reporting from subsidiaries to bigger structures


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  5. Intern review

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

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

    Pros

    Probably the best intern salary compared to Google/Apple/Amazon especially given that in Washington prices and taxes are lower. Subsidized housing

    Cons

    Tools are definitely not very good, build system, source control etc etc etc. But this is going to better soon I think

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile and faster, use more open-source software, bring free food please as Google does.


  6. Internship

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    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    openess in work culture typical tech company benefits you get to take home applause for your job

    Cons

    like any other giant company, teams work in silos not sharing their development very often


  7. review title

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High quality research, involved mentors

    Cons

    Lack of cross-group meetings, need to use windows (?)


  8. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR and recruiting are really committed and invested in their interns. They offer a great experience.

    Cons

    Didn't have a great manager and as a PM. Bing a PM at Microsoft is a bit ambiguous.


  9. Fantastic Company

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    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mentorship Open door-- lots of people willing to help you learn Fantastic opportunities in every area of tech that you could think of Great benefits and a wonderful company to work for Lots of amazing intern events for students

    Cons

    Reorgs (reorganization) happen a TON Many teams could be more innovative in their processes, i.e., not everybody is always committed to improvement and excellence in their work. User experience is still often quite clunky/could have a better coherence of design


  10. Generally a very good experience

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    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, easy to switch teams

    Cons

    The company as a whole is still moving toward mobile-based, cloud-based platform


  11. Excellent Team, Interesting Work

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

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

    Pros

    Before starting I got some say in choosing my team. I ended up on an excellent team with four other developers, all of whom had lots of experience. Everybody was helpful and understanding. My manager gave me interesting work and freedom to develop however I liked. Our team was fast-paced and each developer had visible contributions with very low time to production.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a big company. I talked to other interns and full time employees and many teams have to deal with and support poorly documented legacy code/systems, and frequently there is a lot of bureaucracy. Some teams have to wait months before their finished features go into production. There is some internal tension between competing teams, even within the company

    Advice to Management

    keep moving in the current direction. Ensure that developers feel listened to and eliminate some of the bureaucracy. Having multiple VPs sign off on a code change doesn't necessarily mean it is any less likely to fail.



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