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Updated June 18, 2017
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  1. "Fantastic Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mentorship
    Open door-- lots of people willing to help you learn
    Fantastic opportunities in every area of tech that you could think of
    Great benefits and a wonderful company to work for
    Lots of amazing intern events for students

    Cons

    Reorgs (reorganization) happen a TON
    Many teams could be more innovative in their processes, i.e., not everybody is always committed to improvement and excellence in their work.
    User experience is still often quite clunky/could have a better coherence of design


  2. "Software Engineer Intern Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Payment and other benefits
    Fun intern experience
    Free and open team & environment

    Cons

    Actual work is quite limited such that not much innovation / personal input can be stimulated

    Advice to Management

    To my team, they were friendly. To the project management, I did have some issues with the design section of the work. Hope they could speed up on intern work.


  3. "Generally a very good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, easy to switch teams

    Cons

    The company as a whole is still moving toward mobile-based, cloud-based platform


  4. "Excellent Team, Interesting Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Before starting I got some say in choosing my team. I ended up on an excellent team with four other developers, all of whom had lots of experience. Everybody was helpful and understanding.

    My manager gave me interesting work and freedom to develop however I liked.

    Our team was fast-paced and each developer had visible contributions with very low time to production.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a big company. I talked to other interns and full time employees and many teams have to deal with and support poorly documented legacy code/systems, and frequently there is a lot of bureaucracy. Some teams have to wait months before their finished features go into production.

    There is some internal tension between competing teams, even within the company

    Advice to Management

    keep moving in the current direction. Ensure that developers feel listened to and eliminate some of the bureaucracy. Having multiple VPs sign off on a code change doesn't necessarily mean it is any less likely to fail.


  5. "Amazing company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You work on real life projects and have the opportunity to make a real impact.

    Cons

    No cons really. Its an amazing company!


  6. "Intern review"

    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

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

    Pros

    Probably the best intern salary compared to Google/Apple/Amazon especially given that in Washington prices and taxes are lower. Subsidized housing

    Cons

    Tools are definitely not very good, build system, source control etc etc etc. But this is going to better soon I think

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile and faster, use more open-source software, bring free food please as Google does.


  7. "review title"

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

    Pros

    High quality research, involved mentors

    Cons

    Lack of cross-group meetings, need to use windows (?)


  8. "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR and recruiting are really committed and invested in their interns. They offer a great experience.

    Cons

    Didn't have a great manager and as a PM. Bing a PM at Microsoft is a bit ambiguous.


  9. "Internship Matching"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good salary
    2. Swags and private concert with a celebrity
    3. Adequate housing and reimbursements

    Cons

    1. Complete disregard for areas of interests and team matching process
    2. High probability of getting uninterested/unhelpful managers.
    3. Boring projects

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the quality of projects given to interns. The projects are mundane and provide no intellectual stimulation


  10. "Program Manager Intern"

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely stable long term. It seems like a great place to settle down. Also, Microsoft is so big, you'll find someone doing just about everything in software development. Movement is easy, if you look for it, and you get to work with a lot of great people

    Cons

    The company is sometimes a bit too big. You can see how the cogs turn a bit slowly at times. This also means the company has accumulated a lot through the years, which makes fixing issues extremely hard at times.

    Advice to Management

    Reorg less and make onboarding less painful. Things sometimes change too often for anything useful to get done.


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