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Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "A lot of work, but well paid."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay smart dynamic team.

    Cons

    Very competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Be less competitive, foster more teamwork.


  2. "Amazing intern experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family-friendly; great benefits; nice facility

    Cons

    Balmer's stacked rank has GOT to go.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of stacked rank ASAP


  3. "A great work environment but the work wasn't that fullfilling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Product Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; excellent salarie and benefits.

    Cons

    Not enough work for PMs; too much overhead; work is not that exciting

    Advice to Management

    Less overhead


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  5. "I was one of the lucky few interns to feel like I was working at a startup with the aim of learning and not making $$$"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great intern program, GREAT pay, supportive team structure, they spoil you like crazy, beautiful location (Seattle), LOTS of design flexibility with your project, you are treated like a real member of the team

    Cons

    low key projects in big company - fell like I don't have enough contribution. Good for first internship if you are bound to make lots of mistakes, experience depends A LOT on the individual team and manager - so not guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Let the interns have a little more of a say in which project they ca work on. If they are excited about it, you'll get better results


  6. "Learned a lot, great people, great perks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    Cons

    Experience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to Management

    Great ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.


  7. "Fun experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

    As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

    Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    Cons

    The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.


  8. "Excellent organization to pursue research career in Computer Science"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice benefits
    - Lots of smart people around to work with
    - Decent salary for an intern

    Cons

    - Lack of flexibility in terms of engineering
    - Extremely rigid policies with respect to open source software, which is often an hindrance in research


  9. "Developer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interns are very spoiled at Microsoft. We get lots of free stuff, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy Seattle.

    Cons

    The culture could be better in the office. The drink selection is much better at competing companies. A lot of legacy code.


  10. "Explorer Intern Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    As an explorer intern I got to experience the three disciplines: dev, test, and pm. I got to interview at the end of my internship for an internship next summer. If you stay on the same team, it is very easy to get offered back a full time offer. There are tons of intern events within the department that I worked and with the interns as a whole. The work environment was great and everyone was very eager to help me. I loved the project that I worked on during the summer.

    Cons

    I am not a hug fan of the Seattle area. Redmond was very boring to me. I also did not have a car so I really couldn't get around much.


  11. "Amazing place to work! They care about their employees!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, they care about growing you and helping to further your career. The benefits are amazing, there's great mobility within the company as a whole, and the work is interesting and engaging.

    Cons

    It's easy to overwork yourself. The "calibration" system is terrible.


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