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Updated 9 January 2015
Updated 9 January 2015
8,984 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic research environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent and Inspiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Regular training
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Personal growth and movement up in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Internship you could hope for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England

    I worked at Microsoft

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great team, great working environment, very interesting project. Really felt like I got a taste of what it meant to work at Microsoft. 10/10 would return.

    Cons

    To be honest- not really any big cons. The only thing is that I wish they had free food, although that is stretching it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Intern in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Amazing people, outstanding culture. Everyone is keen on learning.

    Cons

    Only opportunities are in sales and marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people all over the place. Highly used products.

    Cons

    The experience is hit or miss depending on what team you are placed on and what they have you work on. 12 weeks is not a lot of time to do anything too important. But it is enough time to determine if your team is a good match for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MS has a lot of respect for their interns and new hires. It's a great company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    It is a great company for research. I learned a lot from this internship. There are many great researcher there.

    Cons

    It is not related to any product. Only working on the research problems. It is hard to improve the coding skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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