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Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
8,771 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
    • 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 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    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
  8.  

    Program Manager Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, motivated people, good big comapny perks, at an interesting time for change

    Cons

    No free food, some teams are slow, change funnels slowly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Research Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing research experience for the summer here.

    Cons

    None at all, very nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at all, very nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Intern Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Interns are treated incredibly well. The food and extra curricular activities were amazing. Fun campus. Fun problems I was solving in my team. Nice people. Lots of learning!!!

    I was able to stay late and even go in on a couple of weekends,. but it was by my choice. I really liked my project and being an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind. The only thing I would have wanted more of was more feedback on where I can improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Research Internship for PhD students

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Nice managers and mentors

    Cons

    it was stressful to meet the deadlines and I didn't have a good work & life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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