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Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "High School Intern - Loved It"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes things were too bureaucratic


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Pay, location, nice team, free housing

    Cons

    bureaucratic like no other. Was on during an acquisition and they messed up a lot.

  3. "UX Designer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience for entry-level students; it's a huge company with many resources, and they make an effort in the internship program to help you meet other interns and full time employees. Although there are relatively few designers at Microsoft, the designers I met and worked with were really great, talented people who were willing to share their knowledge and expertise. It was a fun environment and people are approachable.

    Cons

    Projects can move slowly. There are too many different teams doing different things, and it's hard to take advantage of the abundant knowledge and skills or to collaborate across teams.


  4. "Really awesome experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing intern perks such as the signature event, etc, great support from mentors and managers, great location

    Cons

    No free food or snacks :( and sometimes you are just placed on a team i.e. you don't get a choice in where you go, which can be disappointing


  5. "Best internship!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Marketing Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Product Marketing Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free perks (I got two xboxs)
    - impactful projects
    - people are willing to speak with you
    - great intern events

    Cons

    - slow moving company sometimes


  6. "Lots of freedom, not much momentum."

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, encouragement of self-determination. Minimal red-tape obstacles. Cross-departmental connections/collaborations are encouraged.

    Cons

    Too much "freedom." Lack of clarity in terms of goals, strategy, and deliverables, on both a long-term and short-term level. The lack of support was demoralizing, and direction from higher-ups was infrequent and vague.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on what you want, and then tell us that. We can figure out how to get there, but we need a destination, even if it's just an example.


  7. "Experience in Microsoft as Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and team to work with.
    Have good comfort and facilities that you want to work there forever.

    Cons

    Even though you are Intern or Fresher, they would expect, you know everything about coding.

    Advice to Management

    Initial training session for Interns.

  8. "The best intern program"

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Interning at Microsoft was a fantastic experience. They have enough events to keep you wildly busy and the Intern Signature Event this year was Daya and the Chainsmokers. Overall a very wonderful experience full of learning with lots of great peers and coworkers.

    Cons

    It's not to say that all interns experience this, but my manager was absent a lot so I had to struggle a lot on my own.


  9. "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, very cool products

    Cons

    Work can be unstructured


  10. "PM Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team and benefits!
    Seattle is a good city and campus is really nice.

    Cons

    Redmond is far from downtown Seattle.


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