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Updated March 14, 2019
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  1. "Encouraging and inspiring environment"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Worcester, MA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly and talented people, well-organized

    Cons

    could be stressful to accomplish the project goal for the 12 weeks internship


  2. "Overall good, but outcomes can vary based on team"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong team of engineers, opportunities to communicate ideas and discuss with senior management. As an intern, had the opportunity to demo intern project to leaders, participate in hackathon and push hackathon project forward as a potential product.

    Cons

    Sometimes the impact of the intern project was unclear. Lots of intern perks but fewer opportunities to request placement on different teams/projects for full-time role

  3. "Fun internship program, work was ok"

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    Former Intern - Explore Intern
    Former Intern - Explore Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Fun program with awesome intern perks

    Cons

    Team did not seem to care about interns and provided little guidance


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, solid work environment.

    Cons

    High expectations with minimal guidence


  5. "Research intern. I liked the experience."

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    Former Intern - Research Intern
    Former Intern - Research Intern
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very academic environment. Seemed like my school.

    Cons

    Maybe too much academic style. You don't get to know the actual company style working. They may also not hire you, as you expect from an internship in which you perform well.


  6. "Great experience as research intern at MSR"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    lot of benefts

    Cons

    Challenge problems
    lot of team meetings


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work if you aren't trying to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Literally no work
    Payment
    Seattle
    Free public transit
    Satya
    Looks really good on my resume now

    Cons

    Every other aspect that one could imagine. Please see advice to management.

    Advice to Management

    I worked at Microsoft this summer as an intern in Bellevue. I’m writing this with a friend who also worked at Microsoft. He didn’t find out his commute would be an hour an a half each way every day until the first day of work, and he did not have a car. One fun thing was during my summer, everyone moved floors, except for me and three other interns. So for 6 weeks of the summer, I was literally alone on the floor, without an office or any adults to talk to. It was as if they forgot we existed. My boss came into work maybe 10 times over the course of the summer. It was considered a “fun” and “different” day if he was there! I personally felt very underutilized, having little to no work to do every day. My friend also had a project that took him 4 weeks to complete (the internship is 12 weeks), and 3 of those weeks were spent trying to get people to respond to emails.

    Fast forward to the school year after. I emailed my recruiter and my former boss telling them of my upcoming plans to not return due to this experience and wish to be literally anywhere else on this earth next summer. It was a nice email, well-intentioned. Neither of them responded to me. It baffles me that everyone at the company makes literally no effort to capture and retain talent. At a dinner I had with my recruiter, he literally said: “We just can’t compete with Facebook or Google” in regards to recruiting anyone. Maybe you could if you made any effort, like responding to my emails or making it seem like an interesting place to work, or giving me work when you are paying me.

    But it was fun to be in Seattle! I met my current lover there. Also work had free drinks (but nothing else). If you are looking for a job where you have to do next to nothing and get paid lots for it (aren’t we all), Microsoft is the place for you! Personally, I have ambition.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Intern - SWE Intern
    Former Intern - SWE Intern

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours

    good work life balance

    professional engineering culture

    Cons

    too many legacy techs

    salary is fairly low


  9. "Great company to intern for"

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

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

    Pros

    Cool campus, insanely smart people, good work environment

    Cons

    None that I found from my time working there


  10. "Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    it can get pretty bureaucratic