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Updated 24 February 2017
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  1. "Internship Matching"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good salary
    2. Swags and private concert with a celebrity
    3. Adequate housing and reimbursements

    Cons

    1. Complete disregard for areas of interests and team matching process
    2. High probability of getting uninterested/unhelpful managers.
    3. Boring projects

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the quality of projects given to interns. The projects are mundane and provide no intellectual stimulation


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Foundry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good learning experience, big company where you can talk to many smart people. Other parts of the company seem very fun

    Cons

    you get paid half as much as Redmond interns. No intern events. they gave free snack once a month and called it "intern event". that's just pathetic

    boss pushes all the decision making to the interns and when things go wrong, he will simply cut intern's project. some group got cut without a bargain, and they were forced to pick up some older projects. MANY interns worked overtime, he was aware but did nothing

    you don't get full-time offers from this position. Foundry interns have to interview again, unlike Redmond interns

    Advice to Management

    Put some heart into interns. Foundry is a half-baked internship


  3. "Waste"

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    Former Employee - Developer-intern
    Former Employee - Developer-intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing apart from a cool campus where you don't have time at all

    Cons

    Total waste organization
    Not suitable for youngsters/freshers
    poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    resign as soon as possible!


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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)
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Felt like just another number."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A big company with little pay to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  8. "Internship at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)
    Former Intern - Intern in Çankaya, Ankara (Turkey)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  9. "Garage Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get the full project experience, great downtown location

    Cons

    don't fall for the lie. Just because it says microsoft on your resume, doesn't mean you get any of the experience a regular intern gets at Redmond.

    Disorganized management who only cares about project deadlines will not train you on any particular skill. Basically ends up where you were before you started. At the end of the day management gives you an inadequate rating because you did what's right but not what they wanted

    Advice to Management

    Make clear to new hires what they're getting themselves into. Most people were expecting to be treated like a regular intern, so do that instead.


  10. "Short-term review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is easier than earlier to have a great network which facilitates easy switchovers within the company

    Cons

    The team was mostly myopic in their design decisions, many convoluted design decisions. Manager had poor communication skills and could not handle crises or timecrunch.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in your decision cycle


  11. "Research Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Contractor - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to experience cutting edge research and to work with extremely clever and knowledgeable people; opportunity to learn more about other research directions and meet people from other areas.

    Cons

    Beware if you are a female and/or your supervisor is not so famous - in some teams you might not get a supervisor or a research project



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