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Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 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 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

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

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  1. "Microsoft Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in São João do Pau d'Alho (Brazil)
    Current Intern - Intern in São João do Pau d'Alho (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great life/work balance and environment

    Cons

    Terrible career opportunities for interns


  2. "okay company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    meet a lot of people

    Cons

    trivial work depending on department you're assigned to

    Advice to Management

    pay better

  3. "IOS Develop intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - IOS Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Intern - IOS Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked in Microsoft Online in Shanghai. The interviewer was really nice and asked me a few basic questions about my previous experience.

    Cons

    They didn't assign me a lot of tasks, so most of the time, I was kind of free.


  4. "SDE Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Facilities, flexible work hours, freedom

    Cons

    Manager doesnt meet enough. My work was not properly evaluated. My manager was obsessed with theoritical aspecta rathee than the practical implementation of my project. Information regarding ppo conveyed to us very late(nearly 3 weeks after the end of internship).

    Advice to Management

    Iterns should get to meet up more with their managers and their code should be evaluated which was not done in my case. My manager wasn't really concerned about my project and used to ask me questions on other random stuff. PPO decision should be communicated faster. I got to know 3 weeks after completion of my internship. Further when an intern is not given a PPO the reason behind that should be communicated back to us.


  5. "A good company, overall."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of perks for the employees and a very good work culture.

    Cons

    Formal people and work load.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect internship if you end up in the right team with the right manager,"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Intern - Intern in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *If you get a good manager you will have a good time and learn a lot.
    *It is a really good company to have in the CV.
    *There are a lot of useful resources for the interns like mentor groups, intern committee activities, internal courses etc.
    *Pretty good salary for an intern position.
    *Flexible working time and possibilities to work from home (some managers won't allow this for their interns).
    *Very good canteen that is subsidiesed by Microsoft.
    *You will learn a lot about how it is to work in a big (American) corporation. Frustrating politics, red tape, pointless compulsory online trainings, way too much meetings, managers that shouldn’t be managers etc but also cool products, colleagues all over the world, lots of friendly people that wants to help, chances to learn every day, learning a lot about technology, team members and managers with massive knowledge etc. - It is all there.

    Cons

    *Everything boils down to what team you intern in and who you get as manager. Some interns are doing normal FTE tasks with lots of responsibility and inpact while others are just used as cheap labour doing menial tasks.
    *There are so much talk from HR and managers about the graduate program (MACH) but in the end few interns actually get a position.


  7. "Good people to work with"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I could leverage resources from across the globe to achieve my research objectives

    Cons

    Specialization is key, and you may not know much outside your domain

  8. "Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Intern - Intern in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with huge possibilities of travelling

    Cons

    The size of the company it's a bit of a minus.


  9. "A Good Place for a Start"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for an internship. Allows you to get real world experience and make a difference. The work is challenging, guided while not being too stifiling. HR works well with the interns, ensuring that they are taken care off. But with so many interns (and regular employees), "things" are bound to happen. While definitely not the best in the industry, the benefits are decent enough.

    Cons

    Too big. Small fish in a big pond complex. Sometimes you wonder how much you can climb. Some people may be arrogant, which can be a bit of a turnoff sometimes.

    And of course: the stigma of the evil empire.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and transparent with the rest of the company.


  10. "Microsoft, a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

    Cons

    The weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.


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