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Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Pretty good learning experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very diverse work and learned quite a lot.

    Cons

    Big org and too many operation stuff.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Excellent internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible project choices - Good mentorship/coaching experience - Projects that make an impact - Good networking opportunity with management and other teams - As intern you get many intern related events, and of course the intern gift

    Cons

    - Didn't really take my team ranking into consideration, got assigned to a random team. - Office type work environment vs. open space work environment (such as in Facebook or Google). - No free food.


  3. Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    whatever


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  5. Great place to intern.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Intern
    Current Intern - Software Development Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours as long as your work gets done. Many people here work 40-50 hours per week and you're not looked down upon for doing so. Overall nice work environment. Work with very skilled and experienced people. Interesting work. For interns, pay is among the best for tech companies and the subsidized housing and rental car make it even better. Intern events are also awesome.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to deal with legacy systems. As with any huge company, there's some annoying bureaucracy to deal with. In many groups, there are no coding standards, insufficient code reviews, and extremely poor documentation. Work with lots of custom internal tools which means that experience here is not very transferable to other companies in some cases. Biggest con though is there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm from people in their day-to-day work; many people seem to be here to just do a decent job and get paid but don't care deeply about actually improving the customer experience or making their projects succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Get mid and lower managers to make coding standards, code reviews, and documentation more of a priority. Yes, it's boring stuff but it would really save time and money in the long-run by reducing the number of bugs and duplicated effort. Make company-wide or division-wide standards (like Google's style guidelines) for the commonly-used programming languages.


  6. Great location. Great people. Great benefits.

    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of intern activities. Great work environments. Free sodas and Starbucks coffee machine. Great cafeteria. Nice place to do research.

    Cons

    Weather is nice during Summer but not so good the rest of the year. Have to work long hours but pay is not hourly so no overtime bonus pay.


  7. Amazing place to work! They care about their employees!

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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

    Great work-life balance, they care about growing you and helping to further your career. The benefits are amazing, there's great mobility within the company as a whole, and the work is interesting and engaging.

    Cons

    It's easy to overwork yourself. The "calibration" system is terrible.


  8. Explorer Intern Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    As an explorer intern I got to experience the three disciplines: dev, test, and pm. I got to interview at the end of my internship for an internship next summer. If you stay on the same team, it is very easy to get offered back a full time offer. There are tons of intern events within the department that I worked and with the interns as a whole. The work environment was great and everyone was very eager to help me. I loved the project that I worked on during the summer.

    Cons

    I am not a hug fan of the Seattle area. Redmond was very boring to me. I also did not have a car so I really couldn't get around much.


  9. Developer Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Interns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    Cons

    The culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.


  10. Excellent organization to pursue research career in Computer Science

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    • 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

    - Nice benefits - Lots of smart people around to work with - Decent salary for an intern

    Cons

    - Lack of flexibility in terms of engineering - Extremely rigid policies with respect to open source software, which is often an hindrance in research


  11. Fun experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful. As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs. Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    Cons

    The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.



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