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Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 12 November 2014
Updated 12 November 2014
8,654 Reviews
3.7
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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.  

    Improving yourself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic, Flexible times, Friendly coworkers, Compeller environment

    Cons

    Over ambition of coworkers can turn into greed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Worked at Microsoft Research in China. The company knows how to provide a great work environment. Excellent help from co-workers too.

    Cons

    Perhaps better coordination between team members. I really can't think of anything else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    all things are well scheduled and regular meetings are hold. All things are doing step by step and finally successfully finish.

    Cons

    There is no individual heroism, what works is the system, not a specific employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the entry software more challenges to help them grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Microsoft Research Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Focus on research projects, renowned researchers, well-designed intern programs, many opportunities working with very famous researchers. Researchers can extract papers from your projects even if they are not much successful.

    Cons

    Even though you showed good performance, the company does not given any offer. You can only obtain publication, chances to expand your research connections, and some salary (which is slightly better than other companies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very flexible, free, you may work at home, and you can work in anywhere you want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Great mentor, smart and friendly colleagues.
    Time is flexible.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits and people if you can find them

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

    Cons

    Lack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to pass an internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Services Intern in Santa Fe, NM (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    + Lots of opportunities to participate in big projects
    + Get to work with people around the globe
    + Great pay
    + Unique opportunity to see the hundreds of careers that are out there !

    Cons

    - There is not a well structured plan for interns
    - You need to look for other projects to learn more, as an intern you're underestimated and your tasks will be somewhat limited or "easy"
    - Several managers intervene with your activities and responsibilities which is confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a plan for interns and do not underestimate them !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    Cons

    At times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A big company with little pay to intern

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    • 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 (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

  11.  

    Great place for research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 company culture was fun, coffee was great and you could talk and collaborate with numerous world-class researchers in machine learning, algorithms, networks, and so on. My boss was extremely knowledgeable and always open to new ideas. The pay was more than enough for me.

    Cons

    Cambridge is a rather small city and housing is expensive. Also, the jobs in research can potentially have less security as they are the first ones to go if the company is in trouble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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