Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
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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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    good

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable and supportive environment. You get to learn a lot from here. It's good place to learn.

    Cons

    Salary is less. Very light chance to get promoted. But if you work harder , cake is yours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern at Microsoft Research Asia

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1.Good opportunities, it is a world class research institution. Good for your research career.
    2.Good pay for undergraduate student
    3.Good research facilities

    Cons

    1.kind of crowded
    2.You need a good mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

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  5.  

    Like the place

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place, bright people. Like the place

    Cons

    Large organization. Sometimes hard to cooperate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Comfortable Working Environment and Smart Fellows

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Microsoft does great work not only in industry but also in academia. I'll only talk about Research part here. To do research, the first reason to be here is to work with the people. Microsoft has lots of top-notch computer scientists, and their work plays a very important role in the whole academia realm. Moreover, their researchers work seamlessly with industry as well, which makes their work benefit mankind at a much faster speed than any other institute ever.

    Cons

    Lots of information to catch up in short period for summer interns, especially in the research team. Sometimes goal is not clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are very friendly. Good work-life balance. Manager is transparent in what she is thinking. Microsoft is moving towards better business model.

    Cons

    Big company problems; bureaucracy, slow, inefficient, lack of clear communication between groups. Too many layers between development and release (dev, QA, business, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove barriers. Move faster. Break things. Fix Things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Explore Internship

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -learned quickly
    -experienced all 3 disciplines--PM, SDE, SDET
    -Microsoft pampers interns well--especially explore interns
    -exposed to company, so no need to ramp up if/when you return next summer

    Cons

    Microsoft is undergoing a lot of reorganization internally. SDET is not a very stable role in some teams, and they are moving towards combined engineering, so things can be a bit weird in the company during this transition period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Caring

    Current Employee - Intern  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Intern in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Joined at entry level. The company hand holds you and helps you all along

    Cons

    none that i could see

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what u are doing

  11.  

    Great place to do Internship

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    Current Employee - Research Intern  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - While many people thought Microsoft environment is not very friendly for new employee, I found it very friendly and full of new opportunities to explore.
    - They took very good care of Interns by providing subsidizing housing and car rental, plus many exciting events.
    - I was working with the Bing section, and there are many unexplored areas in Bing which can be a great opportunity to make significant contributions.

    Cons

    - In comparison with companies such as Google, there are way less PhDs in the staff which sometimes make it harder to introduce radical research ideas.
    - The company went to a massive lay-off when I was there. Although that obviously don't affect interns, if you are considering Microsoft for a full-time position, there are risks that one of these lay-off waves hit you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have better collaboration with researchers in MSR. Microsoft is lucky to have such brilliant scholars as part of MSR and if their creativity can be managed well, they can make huge contributions to the company.
    - Start more active programs of Fellowships for grad students, same as Google and Facebook, to enhance the picture of company and attract better talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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