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Updated March 10, 2017
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  1. "Not Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Egypt, ME
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Egypt, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly Teammates and opportunity to shine

    Cons

    Expected more fun and development

    Advice to Management

    Try to be creative with products and development


  2. "Too slow"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (Intern) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (Intern) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Shuttle system all over WA to and from campus made life great.
    -Yearly Intern Signature Event + free gift
    -You will be in the company of talented and seasoned engineers.

    Cons

    Most of Microsoft's products are strongly bound to legacy code, which makes them trepidacious about original ideas. I was supposed to make an extension to some auxiliary production software--it took six weeks (halfway through my internship) before I was allowed to write a line of code!

    Take this with a grain of salt. At Microsoft, the most important thing is what team you're on. I was not very excited about my particular team's work.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a good job of keeping a hulking metal behemoth like Microsoft from grinding to a halt. I wish MS could restructure its dependencies such that it could break more barriers with technology.


  3. "Pretty alright place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart full-timers
    - Nice office
    - Lots of discounts for being a Microsoft employee

    Cons

    - Project manager a little overbearing
    - Other interns strangely slow
    - Terrible workstation
    - Lots of irrelevant mandatory meetings

    Advice to Management

    The internship is marketed as "garage"-like; one would assume that there would be a lot of freeness. In reality, we are always closely monitored. It's uncomfortable!


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  5. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. "Bureaucratic, reliant on ancient protocol and values, but so rich they bribe me to stay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. They understand the direction such a large, heavy corporation needs to take. They are candid with the reality of the company yet work hard to make it better. The pay is great, the benefits are great for full-time employees (health insurance, 401k, etc.). Program Managers (what my internship was in) have a lot of interesting tasks to do, and it changes every day

    Cons

    I'm just a PM intern, and this status makes some people believe - particularly people in sales, marketing, design, and non-engineering roles whom I've had to deal with - that they can overrule me. I am young but very, very familiar with the technology space. They don't take you seriously here unless you're 50 years old and have tenure, even if your protocols and infrastructures are so outdated that internal employees call them "atrocious." Let's take TechNet for example - the worst documentation library of all the tech giants. It is unreadable, and the documentation teams at Microsoft are so unfit for writing because they are not given access to resources such as test devices and software. Marketing people are completely closedminded and think their strategies actually work! Our marketing strategy is grabbing ahold on the Office ship and hoping it never sinks. Many older employees who have been around for a long time are unwilling to change and progress. I might be an intern - but if you want Microsoft to be hip and at least not a 2004 product, you have to start listening to younger folks.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off some of the tenure folks that sit around and demand that their protocol and opinions be followed. They're not with the new age of technology and never will be. Give the documentation team resources so they're actually qualified to write documentation. Hire better UI/UX designers.


  7. "Too Big"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're working for an established ocmpany

    Cons

    Nothing gets done because the company is so large.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to cutback and improve the efficiency and efficacy of your organizational structure.


  8. "A nice place to work, but not for everyone"

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

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

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.


  9. "Really depends on the team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.


  10. "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.


  11. "Software Development Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brought deadmau5 and Macklemore. Brand new computers and free soda and flexible hours. The perks of the large company are awesome like company events and gym membership.

    Cons

    Don't pick team/ or project for summer. Most of the products are really boring and as a result the work that they make you do is not interesting.


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