Microsoft intern Reviews

Updated 9 September, 2014
Updated 9 September, 2014
8,056 Reviews
3.8
8,056 Reviews
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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.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for more than a 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
  2.  

    Great overall experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Toronto, ON

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for interns!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    People are very bright and helpful, it has a very good team environment. The pay is good, not much to complain about.

    Cons

    Cant really think of any complaints about MS, I guess it's next to impossible to get to the top considering how many people work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up hte good owrk

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Explore Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    Great place to do Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Internship at Microsoft Arabia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    ONe of the best places to do an internship and a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    The work culture is great, The facilities are surplus. Plus the work timings are very flexible, Also the routine job is sparkled with outings , open discussions and other moral booster events

    Cons

    Quality is not compromised at any level and can lead to frustration at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Microsoft Internship

    Current Employee - Software Development Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Educational, access to a ton of good resources, pays well

    Cons

    Experience heavily depends on the team you get

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