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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. "Comfortable Working Environment and Smart Fellows"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft does great work not only in industry but also in academia. I'll only talk about Research part here. To do research, the first reason to be here is to work with the people. Microsoft has lots of top-notch computer scientists, and their work plays a very important role in the whole academia realm. Moreover, their researchers work seamlessly with industry as well, which makes their work benefit mankind at a much faster speed than any other institute ever.

    Cons

    Lots of information to catch up in short period for summer interns, especially in the research team. Sometimes goal is not clear.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

  3. "Program Manager Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Interview Process
    Friendly people
    open culture
    Innovation driven company

    Cons

    Big company
    So much choices from places to work


  4. "Intern review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

    gloomy weather, food, the city could be bring at times


  5. "Fun and challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, lots of perks and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sounds like cooperation among teams isn't very high. Probably more employee input into company decisions

    Advice to Management

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input


  6. "Research Internship for PhD students"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Nice managers and mentors

    Cons

    it was stressful to meet the deadlines and I didn't have a good work & life balance


  7. "Great Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interns are treated incredibly well. The food and extra curricular activities were amazing. Fun campus. Fun problems I was solving in my team. Nice people. Lots of learning!!!

    I was able to stay late and even go in on a couple of weekends,. but it was by my choice. I really liked my project and being an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind. The only thing I would have wanted more of was more feedback on where I can improve.

  8. "Best Research Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing research experience for the summer here.

    Cons

    None at all, very nice

    Advice to Management

    None at all, very nice


  9. "Program Manager Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, motivated people, good big comapny perks, at an interesting time for change

    Cons

    No free food, some teams are slow, change funnels slowly


  10. "It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond."

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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

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to Management

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.


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