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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
8,773 Reviews
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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.  

    Fantastic research environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people at Microsoft Research are fantastic, world-class researchers. My experience in the Cambridge research lab completely changed my graduate studies. I learned about a new field. I learned how to do engineering for that field. I made what I hope are lifelong friendships and collaborations. It was truly a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    The intern seating is ridiculously lacking. I cannot believe there are not more intern desks. Interns should be seated near peers who are working on similar problems and should be seated near their mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the research pure. Microsoft is one of the only companies remaining that is still invested in pure science that does not have to be applied to a product immediately. Don't let this die.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    SDE Intern of MS

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Totally free. You can do the design, implementation all by yourself. A cool playground.

    Cons

    The work is not so challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

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

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice one to work for

    Cons

    None found in my time there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Program Manager Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, motivated people, good big comapny perks, at an interesting time for change

    Cons

    No free food, some teams are slow, change funnels slowly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Really depends on the team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Best Research Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing research experience for the summer here.

    Cons

    None at all, very nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at all, very nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Internship for PhD students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Nice managers and mentors

    Cons

    it was stressful to meet the deadlines and I didn't have a good work & life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interns are treated incredibly well. The food and extra curricular activities were amazing. Fun campus. Fun problems I was solving in my team. Nice people. Lots of learning!!!

    I was able to stay late and even go in on a couple of weekends,. but it was by my choice. I really liked my project and being an intern.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind. The only thing I would have wanted more of was more feedback on where I can improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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