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  1.  

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

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    Former Intern - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Intern - 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
  2.  

    Fun and challenging

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  3.  

    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 a year)

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

    gloomy weather, food, the city could be bring at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Intern - 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
  6.  

    Good work, smart people, company in flux.

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    Former Intern - Software Development Intern
    Former Intern - 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
  7.  

    Program Manager Intern

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than a 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
  8.  

    Good company environment hard to make an impact

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

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

    Pros

    Many resources to learn and grow, knowledgeable employees, many resources for fun events. Cool products that are widely used Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Xbox. Work life balance was also very good, no one expects you to work past 5 pm.

    Cons

    I found it hard to make an impact at such a large company. It seemed like nothing I did really mattered and they put me on working on internal tools. Also Seattle location is not great, rained almost every week multiple times a week and that made it hard to go out and explore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Intern

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    Current Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Intern - Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Amazing food, accommodation, culture, people !! The people here are amazing. You find a lot of young minds. They provide a lot of outings for the MACs and they even take you to the US!

    Cons

    Work may be a monotonous. The pay is not really great. They could provide more pay. Also, the projects vary from one place to another. So you need to be a little lucky to get good projects!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really. They are doing great. Maybe increase the salary for the people in IT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Like the place

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

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

    Pros

    Great place, bright people. Like the place

    Cons

    Large organization. Sometimes hard to cooperate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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