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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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  1. Fantastic research environment

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Microsoft Research are fantastic, world-class researchers. My experience in the Cambridge research lab completely changed my graduate studies. I learned about a new field. I learned how to do engineering for that field. I made what I hope are lifelong friendships and collaborations. It was truly a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    The intern seating is ridiculously lacking. I cannot believe there are not more intern desks. Interns should be seated near peers who are working on similar problems and should be seated near their mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the research pure. Microsoft is one of the only companies remaining that is still invested in pure science that does not have to be applied to a product immediately. Don't let this die.

  2. A place to develop your research identity.

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    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Microsoft (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse and interesting employees, collaborative environment, novel research projects, freedom to pursue research goals.

    Cons

    Long hours, insufficient access to healthy food, older office cubicle environment, several layers of bureaucracy, confusing travel and research expense reimbursement,.

    Advice to Management

    Closer management of project and a more in-depth understanding of employees' work would yield results faster.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Excellent and Inspiring

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    Current Intern - Intern in London, England
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Regular training
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Personal growth and movement up in the company

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  5. Great place for research

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company culture was fun, coffee was great and you could talk and collaborate with numerous world-class researchers in machine learning, algorithms, networks, and so on. My boss was extremely knowledgeable and always open to new ideas. The pay was more than enough for me.

    Cons

    Cambridge is a rather small city and housing is expensive. Also, the jobs in research can potentially have less security as they are the first ones to go if the company is in trouble.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Best Internship you could hope for!

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    Former Employee - Intern Software Development Engineer in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Intern Software Development Engineer in Reading, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern you're treated like an FTE
    Working with great people
    Brilliant benefits
    Exciting times for the company as a whole
    Great for CV
    Hopefully helpful with future career prospects back at the company

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like a lack of developer level innovation

    Advice to Management

    Let every be more creative, the developers have the potential and the will!

  7. Great place to work if you want to be in the IT industry..

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    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, subsidised food, good sports team set ups. Incredibly flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Stay there too long and you can end up as a lifeless 'drone', slave to the IT industry and your notebook. Work at the beck and call of management beyond office hours in your own home, or wherever you can log in on a notebook.

    Advice to Management

    In general, it is a very well run organisation, and I have no suggestions for improvement. A truly outstanding place to work.

  8. Great group great company.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance, great people, great pay, fantastic intern program.

    Cons

    Aspirations seemed to stagnate and employee motivations for products tended to wane.

  9. Absolutely fantastic.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, reallocation was fully funded and visa was sponsored ( moved from NZ ).

    Cons

    Minimal chance to move around as an intern (ie change projects).
    However not really expected to be able to as an intern, so not so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Create more internship opportunities, Microsoft was one of the best internships I've done, and would be great to see more people get the same chance I did.

  10. Work experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internship. Lot of Freedom. Great team

    Cons

    It is hard to find anything bad about my internship

    Advice to Management

    Great company. It is hard to give any advices as it is a big company.

  11. I was a high school intern at Microsoft, and I enjoyed working there, although I bet they threw away all our apps.

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    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free drinks, the ability to brag to your friends, allows you to get better internships in college, and well... its' Microsoft!

    Cons

    Kind of boring since they kind of just let you do whatever you wanted, so really... I could've just done everything at home.

    Advice to Management

    I liked the internship, but maybe have a more structured internship.

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