Microsoft Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2014
Updated 17 September, 2014
8,174 Reviews
3.8
8,174 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 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.  

    Intern at Microsoft Research Asia

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    1.Good opportunities, it is a world class research institution. Good for your research career.
    2.Good pay for undergraduate student
    3.Good research facilities

    Cons

    1.kind of crowded
    2.You need a good mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Comfortable and supportive environment. You get to learn a lot from here. It's good place to learn.

    Cons

    Salary is less. Very light chance to get promoted. But if you work harder , cake is yours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer IT SDET Intern

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great place to do Internship

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    • 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
  8.  

    Nice working at Microsoft Research

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of excellent researchers here. Here you can work with some of the best researchers in your area in the world.

    Cons

    Nothing obvious as for an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good big company

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  10.  

    Microsoft Research Intern

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  11.  

    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 for less than a 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

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