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Updated 9 January 2015
Updated 9 January 2015
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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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    Internship

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    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
  2.  

    Good internship

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    • 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 a 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
  3.  

    Good company

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    • 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
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    SDE Intern of MS

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Totally free. You can do the design, implementation all by yourself. A cool playground.

    Cons

    The work is not so challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice one to work for

    Cons

    None found in my time there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great perks as an intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    You get spoiled beyond belief. Great pay, great events, and company gifts that all try to get you to sign on full-time. The people are friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is so large that every logistical process takes forever; miscommunication is frequent and everyone's job is so specialized that you don't know what's going on on the other side of things. Typical big company disadvantages that are uncommon for most tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very good experience. The load is not very heavy. People are friendly inside the company. The company is very large.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very Large. Good pay for software engineers. Good compensation for interns. Free gifts for interns every year.

    Cons

    Company is too large. Food is not very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you believe in their products, this is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    I had a wonderful team where everyone put his or her best effort to make things happen. I left the company but still talk to most of them. People sincerely care about each other.

    Cons

    Tight KPI that drives some nuts. Really have to work hard to meat the expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  11.  

    Summer Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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

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