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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 24 June 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Internship at Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They give a salary and breakfast. You see how to earn money without doing nothing.

    Cons

    You feel disappointed. People in general are rude and as a work environment it is really boring.

    Advice to Management

    go fishing


  2. Helpful (1)

    A big company with little pay to intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Intern - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    A chance to learn and work in international IT business.

    Cons

    the pay in Microsoft ,Taiwan is way lower than in the US


  3. Helpful (1)

    Felt like just another number.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great products
    -great opportunities
    -PM roll rocks

    Cons

    -hit or miss with management. i had really bad luck with a manager that rejected her last 3 interns.
    -no personalized attention really -- off on your own and expected to figure things out completely (my experience, my friend had different experiences)
    -traffic if commuting from downtown Seattle

    Advice to Management

    -Invest more in your employees
    -Try to keep groups seem smaller


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to Intern. Disheartening as a full-time job.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to intern. Advise against pursuing as a full-time job over the long term. Rewards, promotions, reviews are political - not merit based. More importantly, job satisfaction has hit rock-bottom because very few groups focus on building a truly successful products. Most everyone else is following another manager's orders. Very disheartening.

    Cons

    The company lacks a well-defined direction. Most groups are too large and organizations are too complex that a lot of effort is being wasted. This hurts because the impact of your work ends up being fairly negligible. Too many times, when saving a project from ruin, you might contribute immensely, but it's not a feather in anyone's cap and you won't receive credit for it.

    Advice to Management

    Please make this a tight running ship with a clear, focused path towards increased revenue. Honor good design, pay utmost attention to usability and end-user satisfaction. Stop jumping on the latest bandwagon, and be very clear on what not to do. Lastly, weed out the PM culture that impacts work, reduces the overall quality of your product and simply wastes resources. Your developers and designers have a lot of talent - listen to them. Everyone else in the group is a liability and is only slowing Microsoft's progress.

    Then again - this advice may or may not be in line with your goal of a bigger promotion/paycheck/bonus.

    It shows in the final product if a company is truly passionate about making something worthwhile. Learn from Apple.


  6. A nice place to work, but not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, culture here is good

    Cons

    Salary is not very high to be attractive


  8. Really depends on the team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.


  9. Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.


  10. Just OK

    Former Intern - Summer Intern
    Former Intern - Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    Free delicious lunch and rich salad bar
    Free Gym
    Kinect

    Cons

    Repetitive lunch menu
    Lack of entertainment and free time options
    Unnecessary strict security control for interns


  11. Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's lots to learn, very challenging, amazing international experience and benefits are great!

    Cons

    HR was very junior and not professional on so many levels. Very political environment & witnessed terrible attitudes towards interns. Some leaders were only scorecard driven & only wanted to achieve their numbers, even if it was against policy rules.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.



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