Microsoft Intern Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Amazing experience to start your professional career.

    Cons

    No cons really. Perfect internship experience.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Very good experience in MSRA

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    • 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

    Mentor can give very helpful advice
    Good salary
    Unlimited fruits/drinks

    Cons

    i do not like the restaurants

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome company

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    • 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

    Microsoft is located in Redmond, WA where you can have really nice weather during the summer. There are tons of nice and stimulating people in Microsoft, and tons of projects that are stimulating, challenging, and fun. I liked the food at the food court; there are diversity from pasta and burgers to pad thai and pho. You will absolutely love your experience at Microsoft. Plus, free sodas all the time.

    Cons

    There are not so many cons about working at Microsoft as an intern. But it is well known that their management somehow does not always work well; teams could be in a not-so-good relationship with other teams and all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent company to work for

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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

    1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
    2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
    3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
    4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

    Cons

    1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
    2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
    3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Company

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

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

    Pros

    Team environment, friendly staff that's very caring.

    Cons

    Learning curve was hard to adjust to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    This internship was challenging, informative, and rewarding.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    They give you a coding mentor who will help you when you're stuck on a problem.
    They provide lots of opportunities to network with your higher ups.
    They give out an Intern gift every year, usually one of their latest products (like the Surface Pro).
    They increment your hourly wage each time you come back as an intern.

    Cons

    You're expected to do a lot of self learning as your mentor will likely be very busy with his/her own projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, chance to improve myself.

    Cons

    An intern's responsibilities could be more and of better quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really great company to work for in terms of work-life balance, benefits/perks, and general happiness!

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

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

    Pros

    - The company treats it's employees great! Free gym membership, free transit pass, subsidized housing for interns, lots of free swag
    - Just three words: Intern Signature Event. Best night of my entire internship by far. We got to taste all the best foods of Seattle, saw Macklemore and Deadmau5 in concert, got tours of the Boeing factory in Duck Tour Boats, and received a surface pro 2 as an intern gift (before it was even released to the public!!)
    - Lots of events and after-work programs for everyone! I attended "Stay and Draw" events, salsa lessons, etc.
    - The campus is very nice and there's shuttle service to different buildings
    - Ppl don't care which internet browser, phone, or search engine you use (my over-consciousness about the whole thing was really just in my head, more than anything)
    - Upper management is very accessible and willing to talk to interns (I was able to ask the dev manager of my team for 1-on-1 lunch and she was very nice!)
    - Lots of opportunities for career growth
    - Lots of supports from mentors as an intern
    - Lots of fun intern-only events :D

    Cons

    - I was in Office, so the development cycles were really long (although much shorter than what it used to be)
    - The recruiters can be EXTREMELY pushy. They won't take no for an answer, and they don't seem to understand why, as a student, you'd want to experience other companies/industries
    - Sometimes it feels like Microsoft fosters mediocrity
    - Felt like my intern project didn't have much impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more relevant intern projects that make an impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Free snacks and drinks. Good working condition. Decent salary for a Chinese student.

    Cons

    No free lunch and dinner. Public transportation to MSRA is very bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Microsoft spoils interns!

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    • 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

    Interesting projects nice people, Washigton is a very good place to live.

    Cons

    It's a huge living organism - communicatin between certain teams could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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