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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
198 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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    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)

    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.  

    A place to develop your research identity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent and Inspiring

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Regular training
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Personal growth and movement up in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  6. 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 a 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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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
  8.  

    Great working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Have a mentor; Improve soft skills

    Cons

    Workload might be a little heavy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A nice place to work, but not for everyone

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

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

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Very Good experience there

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    working environment and atmosphere between colleagues are very good

    Cons

    Air pollution in Beijing is severe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Worked as SDET intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    You'll find the best people working around yourself, which is the biggest motivation. Though it depends on team, in general people are given authority to take decisions. Recreational area is good, which includes TT, foosball, chess tables, and x-box with kinect. People are co-operative, help you learn.

    Cons

    Though they have many projects going on, the pace of work is average. This is not to say that you won't get a lot of work, its that you won't see your deliverables go live for a long time. There are good things to learn, but not many new things to learn. You can get similar opportunities at other places too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the good work. Try to pull some more important stuff to India office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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