Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 26 April 2014
Updated 26 April 2014
7,957 Reviews

3.8
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A big company with little pay to intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for 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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Felt like just another number.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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