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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 12 November 2014
Updated 12 November 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A big company with little pay to intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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.

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    Former Employee - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - PM Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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.

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    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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  5.  

    Really depends on the team

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Just OK

    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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

  8.  

    Internship at Microsoft Arabia

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    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should be motivators & inspirational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Development Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an 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
  10.  

    Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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