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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.3 147 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(12 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    very good

    Intern (Current Employee) Cty by the Se, TX (US)

    ProsIt is a world biggest IT company, everyone like working there. You can make a lot of friends there,and enjoy the working environment there!

    ConsThey have all the smartest people there, you have to compete with them and that will be the hardest thing I think if you want to work there.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore money, more fun

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great human and business internship experience

    Sales Intern (Former Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsWork flexibility is great (home office when needed or more productive). Performance orientation with rewards associated to achievements. Smart people. Quality of workplace and comfort. Access to knowledge is made easy by the collaborative culture present in the company

    ConsThe pressure might be considered overwhelming by some during closing periods. Results before everything mindset might not suit everyone

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess focus on short term objectives by the quarter and more on yearly or even 2 to 3 years objectives

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Improving yourself

    Intern (Current Employee) Istanbul (Turkey)

    ProsDynamic, Flexible times, Friendly coworkers, Compeller environment

    ConsOver ambition of coworkers can turn into greed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsWorked at Microsoft Research in China. The company knows how to provide a great work environment. Excellent help from co-workers too.

    ConsPerhaps better coordination between team members. I really can't think of anything else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good big company

    Software Development Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    Prosall things are well scheduled and regular meetings are hold. All things are doing step by step and finally successfully finish.

    ConsThere is no individual heroism, what works is the system, not a specific employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the entry software more challenges to help them grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Microsoft Research Intern

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    ProsFocus on research projects, renowned researchers, well-designed intern programs, many opportunities working with very famous researchers. Researchers can extract papers from your projects even if they are not much successful.

    ConsEven though you showed good performance, the company does not given any offer. You can only obtain publication, chances to expand your research connections, and some salary (which is slightly better than other companies).

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery flexible, free, you may work at home, and you can work in anywhere you want.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great!

    Intern (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsGreat mentor, smart and friendly colleagues.
    Time is flexible.

    ConsI can't think of any.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits and people if you can find them

    User Experience Design Intern (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    ProsPay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

    ConsLack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to pass an internship

    Services Intern (Current Employee) Santa Fe, NM (US)

    Pros+ Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons- There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for research

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsCambridge 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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