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Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 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 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company, Tons of Competition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Tons of exciting events for interns and full time. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to get on the team you want if it's popular.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fun intern events.


  2. "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.

  3. "Explorer Internship"

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    • 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

    - Get to work as both the PM and Software Engineering on a feature
    - Great mentorship (I had both a PM mentor and an Eng mentor and they were always checking in on my progress and willing to answer any questions I had)
    - Impact: you'll probably be working on a small incremental improvement to an existing product/feature, but an improvement that will be seen by potentially millions of users, depending on the team you're working with at Microsoft.
    - Great pay and benefits
    - Amazing work/life balance

    Cons

    Microsoft is a huge company. It seems like people get promoted slowly there just because the process takes time and there are already so many managers and midlevel employees there. Some of the engineering processes are still slow and outdated but that is changing really quickly. The company is definitely improving its reputation rapidly in the Tech industry and Satya, the 'new' CEO is doing a great job. For internships, specifically, you're one out of 2000. You still will get personal attention from your manager, mentor and recruiter but it is definitely not an unique experience.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what they've been doing to improve the company, with a focus on making engineering processes more agile. Increase attention and time spent on fixing bugs would probably go a long way too.


  4. "Explorer Internship"

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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

    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


  5. "Exploring Microsoft"

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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

    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


  6. "Explorer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. "One of the Best Internship Programs Period"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They treat you like gold. You get to meet so many people. Tons of responsibility. Seattle is amazing too.

    Cons

    I have experienced no cons from my internships here. Even if you have a terrible time, other companies very much respect Microsoft on a resume. The only possible thing is that many employees there have worked at Microsoft for 20+ years and don't ever get exposed to other tech outside the Microsoft bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! I loved the intern tech talks too. Microsoft is headed in a great direction and you can definitely see that as an intern.

  8. "Not Bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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


  9. "Microsoft Research Intern Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MS treats interns well
    Nice place to work in
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    only 12 weeks, not so flexible
    gave me a full-time offer at the end of internship but it's valid only for 1 year


  10. "Intern developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning curve
    Great atmosphere
    Very good company to put on a CV
    Many opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Long hours and very stressful The size of the different departments can sometimes make you feel like you are a number!


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