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Updated January 2, 2018
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Pros
  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 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 1699 reviews)

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  1. "Internship Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    A tad bureaucratic, which can be good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate, innovate, innovate.


  2. "Excellent"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    Internship time might not be sufficient to complete a project

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineering Internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Meaningful intern projects
    - Great diversity of teams: Microsoft has their hands on absolutely everything, so you get to talk to a lot of very smart and interesting people.
    - Probably has the best intern benefits out there.
    - Intern events are amazing.
    - I've had great mentors
    - It's a great time to join Microsoft in the midst of its reinvention

    Cons

    - The engineering mentality in some teams is not the best: software design is not given too much thought and lazy shortcuts, instead of an ideal solution, are often taken. This applies to teams that have a lot of legacy code.
    - The internship experience depends a lot on the mentor. Most mentors are great, if you're one of the unlucky few, your internship won't be as rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    More thought to intern-mentor matching.


  4. "Explorer Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great project, Great team, Great freedom. Great program for empowering students who are entering the tech industry for the first time. I had an amazing summer! Intern signature event is great!

    Cons

    It seems that the company itself is not as hyped-up as some of the bay area companies. No free food :(

    Advice to Management

    The intern program is great and I'm coming back for another fantastic summer in Seattle! Looking forward to it.


  5. "Great!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    I had a great time learning from a very smart bunch of folks. Work was interesting, people were good. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    If you want to be giving your life, ie work crazy hours to a company, Microsoft isn't it. People around you won't be doing the same.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a good job, keep it up. Maybe some of the decision making could happen at the bottom, instead of everything being top-down.


  6. "Great Place To work"

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

    Pros

    Yes, awesome place to work

    Cons

    Nothing to say for this part


  7. "Microsoft Research is a great place for research internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities to talk with top researchers from their respective fields; strong research-driven intern project; great intern support team that organizes all kinds of fun activities; great post-internship support for publishing your work.

    Cons

    Outlook is much less usable compared to Gmail (in my personal opinion).

    Advice to Management

    Provide care for interns' mental health. It could be shocking for someone from an average university to suddenly be exposed to top researchers and top students from top universities. Peer pressure may cause undesired psychological effects.

  8. "Explorer Internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had the best time of my life.
    Best people and very nice benefits

    Cons

    I did not dislike anything. Except the rain in Seattle. Can't do anything about that!

    Advice to Management

    KEEP ROCKING


  9. "Exploring Microsoft"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The project that I worked on is being used by the team that I was on. The people were nice and very smart. They helped out a lot when it was need but did a good job of leaving us to our devices. Food was good.

    Cons

    Onboarding to the development process


  10. "Explorer Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work at, especially as an intern. My favorite part was how everyone is so energized and loves their work. The specific team I interned with was not the best fit, however, during the internship you can interview with other teams and I'll be returning with a group that's a better fit for me. Microsoft cares about employees in every way: salaries, 401Ks, vacations, free drinks. And they love their interns: housing stipends, well paid, signature event feat. mayor artist (Marronn 5/ Ellie Goulding) and free surfacebooks, and awesome events on campus. One of the coolest things Microsoft does as a company is their One Week hackathon which permits engineers a week to work and collaborate on any project they choose.

    Cons

    Explore is offered as a learning opportunity - I was able to do a great deal of code/PM but felt one-on-one mentorship lacking. Other than that, it's an excellent experience.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is super approachable and I love the Q&As - never change.


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