Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 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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  1.  

    Research Intern

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

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The research internship program is really well-organized. There're housing, car rental and relocation subsidies, as well as internship only events.

    Cons

    No option for a return offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving research interns options to work full-time after graduate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work at.

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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

    Microsoft India Development Centre has a great working environment, is employee friendly

    Cons

    There is no downside of working at MSIDC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. Its good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great overall experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture, the empowerment, the work environment, the learnings of the industry and being part of a very dynamic team, having the ability to orchestrate your own projects and making a tangible impact.

    Cons

    One of the fallbacks was that some work in cross-functional settings led to increased dependability in teams that had a more laid back culture which led to unnecessary setbacks in project deadlines. Nevertheless, effective communication led to quality delivery and all was good at the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I was one of the lucky few interns to feel like I was working at a startup with the aim of learning and not making $$$

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    Former Employee - Explore Intern (Rotation Program)  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Explore Intern (Rotation Program) in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great intern program, GREAT pay, supportive team structure, they spoil you like crazy, beautiful location (Seattle), LOTS of design flexibility with your project, you are treated like a real member of the team

    Cons

    low key projects in big company - fell like I don't have enough contribution. Good for first internship if you are bound to make lots of mistakes, experience depends A LOT on the individual team and manager - so not guaranteed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the interns have a little more of a say in which project they ca work on. If they are excited about it, you'll get better results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    intern at Microsoft research asia

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great and there's lots of freedom to work on what interests you.

    Cons

    pay could be better but the benefits make it worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    very cozy working environment

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    Former Employee - Developer Intern  in  Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Developer Intern in Copenhagen (Denmark)

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

    Pros

    very relaxed working style and very nice colleages

    Cons

    no chance to get in touch with the clients from different industries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was awesome.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot.
    Worked with great people.

    Cons

    Project scope is sometimes too small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Microsoft Research Asia is a wonderful place to work.

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people there are brilliant and willing to help others.

    Cons

    Maybe you should pay a lot of time to know all the employees there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please write a letter of recommendation for me.

  10.  

    Learned a lot, great people, great perks

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    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with - really interested in helping you grow.
    Fantastic perks, pretty good salary, and if you get lucky with corporate housing you can be really close.
    Intern events were really something.

    Cons

    Experience depends heavily on your team - but most people I know had a great time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great ideas at the lower levels that don't always make their way up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fun experience

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft - at least in the Office division - is pretty friendly. It's possible to work harder and get noticed. It's not very stressful.

    As an intern, Microsoft throws a lot of money at you. Our Intern Signature Event was a trip to Boeing where they got us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Deadmau5, and Surface Pro's. There were plenty of intern events, and with the intern mailing list, interns could arrange their own events based on specific interests (e.g. showing & discussion of UX lectures). And I got plenty of opportunities to talk to slightly higher-up FTEs.

    Microsoft is full of very smart people. By talking to random people at events or on my team, I could have easily insightful discussions (on non-work-related topics).

    Cons

    The goals of Microsoft don't match the causes that I think are important. We support people volunteering ("day of caring"), but our products don't really aim to improve the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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