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Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to Intern. Disheartening as a full-time job."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to intern. Advise against pursuing as a full-time job over the long term. Rewards, promotions, reviews are political - not merit based. More importantly, job satisfaction has hit rock-bottom because very few groups focus on building a truly successful products. Most everyone else is following another manager's orders. Very disheartening.

    Cons

    The company lacks a well-defined direction. Most groups are too large and organizations are too complex that a lot of effort is being wasted. This hurts because the impact of your work ends up being fairly negligible. Too many times, when saving a project from ruin, you might contribute immensely, but it's not a feather in anyone's cap and you won't receive credit for it.

    Advice to Management

    Please make this a tight running ship with a clear, focused path towards increased revenue. Honor good design, pay utmost attention to usability and end-user satisfaction. Stop jumping on the latest bandwagon, and be very clear on what not to do. Lastly, weed out the PM culture that impacts work, reduces the overall quality of your product and simply wastes resources. Your developers and designers have a lot of talent - listen to them. Everyone else in the group is a liability and is only slowing Microsoft's progress.

    Then again - this advice may or may not be in line with your goal of a bigger promotion/paycheck/bonus.

    It shows in the final product if a company is truly passionate about making something worthwhile. Learn from Apple.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Felt like just another number."

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    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great products
    -great opportunities
    -PM roll rocks

    Cons

    -hit or miss with management. i had really bad luck with a manager that rejected her last 3 interns.
    -no personalized attention really -- off on your own and expected to figure things out completely (my experience, my friend had different experiences)
    -traffic if commuting from downtown Seattle

    Advice to Management

    -Invest more in your employees
    -Try to keep groups seem smaller

  3. "Short-term review"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is easier than earlier to have a great network which facilitates easy switchovers within the company

    Cons

    The team was mostly myopic in their design decisions, many convoluted design decisions. Manager had poor communication skills and could not handle crises or timecrunch.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in your decision cycle


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A big company with little pay to intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    A chance to learn and work in international IT business.

    Cons

    the pay in Microsoft ,Taiwan is way lower than in the US


  5. "Internship at Microsoft"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give a salary and breakfast. You see how to earn money without doing nothing.

    Cons

    You feel disappointed. People in general are rude and as a work environment it is really boring.

    Advice to Management

    go fishing


  6. "Garage Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get the full project experience, great downtown location

    Cons

    don't fall for the lie. Just because it says microsoft on your resume, doesn't mean you get any of the experience a regular intern gets at Redmond.

    Disorganized management who only cares about project deadlines will not train you on any particular skill. Basically ends up where you were before you started. At the end of the day management gives you an inadequate rating because you did what's right but not what they wanted

    Advice to Management

    Make clear to new hires what they're getting themselves into. Most people were expecting to be treated like a regular intern, so do that instead.


  7. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Intern - Intern in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the flexibility and the food.

    Cons

    Interns can end up being used as cheap labor. They promise so much in the interviews and in the induction. For instance the stretch projects were non-existent.

    Compensation is very poor. With so many international interns joining there is barely enough to make rent.

    The level of work and experience of interns depend largely on the the manager. Some managers give full responsibility and embrace the interns role, while unfortunately most managers just don't care.

    The upgrade to a graduate role after is only reserved for a few interns. With about 40 interns 12 or less will get kept on.

    Overall it needs to be more structured. The role should be defined for the intern

    Advice to Management

    Structure the internship


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