Microsoft Reviews

Updated 19 February 2015
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  1. A nice place to work, but not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to Management

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.

  2. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, culture here is good

    Cons

    Salary is not very high to be attractive

  3. Really depends on the team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.

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  5. Summer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.

  6. Just OK

    Former Intern - Summer Intern
    Former Intern - Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    Free delicious lunch and rich salad bar
    Free Gym
    Kinect

    Cons

    Repetitive lunch menu
    Lack of entertainment and free time options
    Unnecessary strict security control for interns

  7. Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's lots to learn, very challenging, amazing international experience and benefits are great!

    Cons

    HR was very junior and not professional on so many levels. Very political environment & witnessed terrible attitudes towards interns. Some leaders were only scorecard driven & only wanted to achieve their numbers, even if it was against policy rules.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.

  8. Software Development Intern

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. Intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free drinks all around, flexible timings and informal environment. Lots of events and parties. Tons of options for playing options - pool, foosball, tabletennis, and lot's more. Hyderabad campus is really beautiful. Good Stipend and first two weeks at a good guest house. Work environment not pressurizing. Teammates are really helpful.

    Cons

    Almost none for an intern. The stipend can be increased a bit though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job.

  10. OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  11. Good benefits, boring works

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits-They provide pretty good benifits. Including gyms, transportation fees, relocation, flight...
    Good salary-One of the most competitive salaries among tech companies
    Good perks

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic
    Boring works
    Can't contribute too much

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