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.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Program Manager Intern

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    Current Employee - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Interview Process
    Friendly people
    open culture
    Innovation driven company

    Cons

    Big company
    So much choices from places to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students

    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

  10.  

    Like the place

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Great place, bright people. Like the place

    Cons

    Large organization. Sometimes hard to cooperate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Comfortable Working Environment and Smart Fellows

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    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

    Microsoft does great work not only in industry but also in academia. I'll only talk about Research part here. To do research, the first reason to be here is to work with the people. Microsoft has lots of top-notch computer scientists, and their work plays a very important role in the whole academia realm. Moreover, their researchers work seamlessly with industry as well, which makes their work benefit mankind at a much faster speed than any other institute ever.

    Cons

    Lots of information to catch up in short period for summer interns, especially in the research team. Sometimes goal is not clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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