Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for research

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    SUPERB

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great Mentor and Manager
    Most people are very smart

    Cons

    Work not that challenging (may vary on product)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    nice place to have an Internship

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    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Finance Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    train your ability of multi-task, nice work environment, free food and drinks, intern welcome training by call from America, "happy hour" every month.
    This position suits for accounting major.

    Cons

    work OT nearly every day, so as other colleagues. may be benefit for leaders to care more about intern's feeling

    Recommends
  7.  

    Fun and challenging

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern

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

    Pros

    Although it is in vogue to hate on Microsoft, it is a genuinely nice place to work. The people there are smart, professional and have a general air of maturity.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning and while exciting, it leaves employees worried. I would say the meeting-to-work ratio is a bit too high for an SDE position, but that's the reality of huge corporations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To steal a play from the recently removed: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. The old silos in the company are going away, but there are places where collaboration is encouraged but not well defined. Make sure that you give a clear vision for the One Microsoft and that it makes its way down to those who put the code to the products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great intern program - they really take good care of the interns with everything from the pay to the perks (gym membership, shuttles, bus pass, intern events, etc.) The work is interesting and the managers are usually pretty helpful. And Seattle is a great city to be for the summer.

    Cons

    Since it is a big company, things move slowly. It's very hard to get intern projects pushed into deployment in the summer intern time span and so many intern projects die after the interns leave. Sometimes it can be very hard to find people with the expertise to help you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern review

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company environment hard to make an impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Many resources to learn and grow, knowledgeable employees, many resources for fun events. Cool products that are widely used Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Xbox. Work life balance was also very good, no one expects you to work past 5 pm.

    Cons

    I found it hard to make an impact at such a large company. It seemed like nothing I did really mattered and they put me on working on internal tools. Also Seattle location is not great, rained almost every week multiple times a week and that made it hard to go out and explore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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