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Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Great perks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, helpful relocation specialists, great benefits: free surface book, concerts, summer hotel, subsidized rental car

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, unhelpful recruiters, not always fun projects

    Advice to Management

    It is great


  2. "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    1. You're with all the brilliant minds.
    2. Good Pay
    3. Amazing gym benefits.
    4. Respect from employees of other companies.

    Cons

    1. No free food ( not really a con).
    2. Your overall experience depends a lot on your manager. If your manager doesn't suit you, you are doomed


  3. "Software Engineer Intern - Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great coworkers. Incredible access to resources. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels slow and unresponsive. They need to give up on the phone thing, for example.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to what the market wants. Their is a lot of potential for Microsoft to innovate but too often they miss the boat.


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  5. "Great pay, great intern events"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great intern events (Maroon 5 played during my year).

    Cons

    Commute to Redmond was terrible (sitting in 520 was the worst).

    Advice to Management

    Remove the prefixes (t-name) in intern e-mails; makes us feel we're not part of the company and reinforces the idea that our employment is ephemeral.


  6. "Solid employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really liked the Redmond campus. The fact that it's located in the suburbs is a big advantage, usually you need to move to a city to work for a good company. They have good benefits, like free transportation system, cheap employee restaurants, good health benefits, good compensation, etc. I really liked that they have private offices in many buildings across the campus, unfortunately they are slowly moving towards open space now.

    Cons

    After my internship I received a full-time offer from Microsoft. As a non-US citizen I needed a H1B visa to work in the US. After I finished my internship I had to wait for around 10 months to finally find out that my petition was not selected in the H1B lottery so there were no options for me to start working in the US in 2016. Microsoft offered me a placement in Canada instead, with a completely new compensation. They also said I would be working remotely with a Redmond team. I didn't really like the perspective of remote work from Canada for around 2 years so eventually I declined the offer. I was really surprised that they couldn't offer a position in Europe where they also have several development centers, eg. Dublin. Another thing I did not like was the fact that it was nearly impossible to get a full-time offer for a different team than the one I interned with. The team seemed rather uninteresting to me and I figured I would get bored there pretty quickly as there probably would not be much opportunity for me to learn. Overall, I enjoyed my time at Microsoft but I really think they should do something about their hiring process for people from outside of US.

    Advice to Management

    The company is very bureaucratic in many aspects. Also, since Microsoft so heavily hires people from all over the world, the company should be more flexible in terms of teams and locations as US work authorization gets more and more difficult to obtain.


  7. "My amazing Microsoft Internship experience"

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

    Pros

    I get to work with intelligent and supportive teammates every day.
    Amazing facilities/gorgeous landscaped HQ.
    Work/life balance is very good for most SWE Interns I know.
    Free drinks
    They bring in good musicians to play over lunch at the main cafeteria.
    Performance feedback is not only focused on individual contribution, but also how well you work with others. I've been told this really improves the company culture, especially on the main campus.
    They make an honest effort to give interns projects that are interesting and within the scope of a summer.
    Top notch health insurance, even for interns.

    Cons

    The culture of different teams can vary (I have heard good and bad from other interns.)
    Microsoft always manages to stay in the news with the latest PR gaffe (honestly more amusing than upsetting to most employees.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing to attract top university talent. Continue to create an open dialogue within the company.


  8. "Great people, old tools"

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

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

    Pros

    Lovely team and supportive manager and mentor. Learnt a lot and grew both as a developer and a person
    Good pay and location

    Cons

    Internal tooling is a bit of a let down if you are used to Linux development
    Learning old tools that were on the way out took a significant amount of time
    More things were broken than expected

    Advice to Management

    Make han resources both more human and more resourceful
    Fix the tools (you are wasting hundreds of hours of development time on bad tooling)


  9. "Intern review"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People were nice and willing to help.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Too slow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (Intern) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (Intern) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Shuttle system all over WA to and from campus made life great.
    -Yearly Intern Signature Event + free gift
    -You will be in the company of talented and seasoned engineers.

    Cons

    Most of Microsoft's products are strongly bound to legacy code, which makes them trepidacious about original ideas. I was supposed to make an extension to some auxiliary production software--it took six weeks (halfway through my internship) before I was allowed to write a line of code!

    Take this with a grain of salt. At Microsoft, the most important thing is what team you're on. I was not very excited about my particular team's work.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a good job of keeping a hulking metal behemoth like Microsoft from grinding to a halt. I wish MS could restructure its dependencies such that it could break more barriers with technology.


  11. "I like it there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    benefits
    salary
    location
    work culture
    work life balance
    great place for career development

    Cons

    bad choice of managers (some)


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