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Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 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 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "One of the Best Internship Programs Period"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. "Not Bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  3. "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


  4. "Intern developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!


  5. "Great Internship and Life Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to live in Seattle during the most beautiful months of the year. You get to exposure to a wide variety of business teams within Microsoft. The entire Microsoft intern experience is stellar, and it is very easy to quickly make friends with similar interests. The work is challenging, so you will push yourself to grow your skills. Also, the intern concert/experience is one of the coolest events that I have been to in my entire life.

    Cons

    You can start to feel trapped inside of the Redmond/Microsoft bubble. Just make sure to get out and explore Seattle and the surrounding areas.

    Advice to Management

    Find candidates with a genuine interest in living in the pacific northwest. While it is perfect and sunny during the summer, that is not the case the other nine months of the year.


  6. "Software Engineering Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Seriously one of the most underrated places to work - Microsoft has a reputation for not being as prestigious amongst the tech companies, but wow, I really felt my work made an impact. Contrary to most other companies, interns directly work on shipped products. When you leave, your work will still be relevant and won't be buried under some stack never to seen again.

    There's free gym membership, an awesome intern gift (SurfaceBooks this year!) and tons of interesting intern events/talks/etc.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is kind of inconsistent - some teams are amazing while others are terrible. There's no free food.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Great 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
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free drinks; Good pay; Great benefits; good work life balance; location is amazing

    Cons

    Work can be slow; red tape

  8. "Work Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great atmosphere and work culture.
    Freedom to try different things.
    Numerous intern events.
    Signature event is a bonus.
    Plus you get a signature gift. I got a Surface book.

    Cons

    Sometimes the goal of the project is not well defined atleast in my case.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Chain Planner Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back culture (first name basis, casual attire, open communication)
    Really nice buildings and cafeterias
    Great pay and perks
    Given important projects and access to top executives

    Cons

    Steep learning curve
    Fast paced environment
    Stressful - many people did not take lunch breaks
    Long hours (7am-6pm many times)


  10. "Software Engineer Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, free snacks,

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, limitation to use open source tools


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