Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing Company

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

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

    Pros

    Team environment, friendly staff that's very caring.

    Cons

    Learning curve was hard to adjust to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, chance to improve myself.

    Cons

    An intern's responsibilities could be more and of better quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons

    - I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free snacks and drinks. Good working condition. Decent salary for a Chinese student.

    Cons

    No free lunch and dinner. Public transportation to MSRA is very bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Microsoft spoils interns!

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects nice people, Washigton is a very good place to live.

    Cons

    It's a huge living organism - communicatin between certain teams could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Development Intern

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The brought deadmau5 and Macklemore. Brand new computers and free soda and flexible hours. The perks of the large company are awesome like company events and gym membership.

    Cons

    Don't pick team/ or project for summer. Most of the products are really boring and as a result the work that they make you do is not interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best place to intern!

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Microsoft has really changed a lot over the year. I loved being challenged every day and working on new things
    2. I got a free surface pro + got to see Macklemore and Steve Ballmer live
    3. Seattle is just awesome in summer. The place to be!

    Cons

    The corporate housing is a bit expensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Engieer

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big company, with a lot of oppurtunities

    Cons

    Too hard. Not easy to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A lot of work, but well paid.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay smart dynamic team.

    Cons

    Very competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less competitive, foster more teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing intern experience

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

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Family-friendly; great benefits; nice facility

    Cons

    Balmer's stacked rank has GOT to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stacked rank ASAP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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