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Updated May 22, 2017
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    "Good place to be an intern, but maybe it's better to work elsewhere..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great technologies (you know that you are working on products that affects the life of millions of people)
    - Good benefits package
    - Opportunities for career growt and advancement
    - Great colleagues to work with, very intelligent and talented

    Cons

    The managers don't care for what the employees have to say about what's wrong...In the long term, this will destroy the company. Actually, sometimes they even complain with you if you talk to them about what you think is wrong in the company...
    There isn't a very good Work/Life balance

    Advice to Management

    Take your time to hear what the employees have to say...


  2. "Summer internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Possibly the most structured internship on the planet. Summer camp for college students

    Cons

    ummmm.. It really depends on who you are - I just felt kind of lost in the company. However, it really is a great company - they treat their employees really well

    Advice to Management

    try and relate more to the new hires


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

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    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.


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  5. "Microsoft Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in São João do Pau d'Alho (Brazil)
    Current Intern - Intern in São João do Pau d'Alho (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great life/work balance and environment

    Cons

    Terrible career opportunities for interns


  6. "Microsoft, a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    The people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

    Cons

    The weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.


  7. "Great problems to work on. They have some of the best minds in the research community."

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    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great breadth as well as depth of problems you can pursue. You can choose to work on something very fundamental in the area or on the other hand actually do something which can be tech-transferred to the product groups and would in fact impact future product releases. Great opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Can be more flexible in working with working on open source projects. Need to be careful in terms of publishing results since it might not be approved by the associated product groups etc.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft Research should have a full time option (associate position etc.) in Microsoft. Generally they take MS students as research assistants on a contract basis and might loose some great people to other labs due to this.


  8. "Great place to intern."

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    • 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.


  9. "Developer Intern"

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    • 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. "Learned a lot, great people, great perks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    Cons

    Experience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to Management

    Great ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.


  11. "Great environment, surrounded by intelligent people and strong leadership team."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Appreciated the opportunities to attend educational workshops and company meetings across different leadership groups.

    Cons

    A bit difficult to move up, not much work for entry-level workers.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunity for growth in positions.


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