Microsoft Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2015
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  1. Great perks as an intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get spoiled beyond belief. Great pay, great events, and company gifts that all try to get you to sign on full-time. The people are friendly and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is so large that every logistical process takes forever; miscommunication is frequent and everyone's job is so specialized that you don't know what's going on on the other side of things. Typical big company disadvantages that are uncommon for most tech companies.

  2. Summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and perks. Mentorship was available and interns were given great guidance. Interns attended free concerts. My mentor gave me weekly reviews which were essential to my development and learning.

    Cons

    At the end of the summer when offers were given out there were some politics involved. I believe that some offers were given to those who were not the best fit for the position.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Very good experience. The load is not very heavy. People are friendly inside the company. The company is very large.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Large. Good pay for software engineers. Good compensation for interns. Free gifts for interns every year.

    Cons

    Company is too large. Food is not very good.

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  5. SUPERB

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great Mentor and Manager
    Most people are very smart

    Cons

    Work not that challenging (may vary on product)

    Advice to Management

    Doing great !

  6. If you believe in their products, this is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Intern - Intern in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a wonderful team where everyone put his or her best effort to make things happen. I left the company but still talk to most of them. People sincerely care about each other.

    Cons

    Tight KPI that drives some nuts. Really have to work hard to meat the expectations.

  7. Fun and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, lots of perks and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sounds like cooperation among teams isn't very high. Probably more employee input into company decisions

    Advice to Management

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input

  8. Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance, challenging, encouraging environment

    Cons

    gloomy weather, food, the city could be bring at times

  9. Summer Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great intern program - they really take good care of the interns with everything from the pay to the perks (gym membership, shuttles, bus pass, intern events, etc.) The work is interesting and the managers are usually pretty helpful. And Seattle is a great city to be for the summer.

    Cons

    Since it is a big company, things move slowly. It's very hard to get intern projects pushed into deployment in the summer intern time span and so many intern projects die after the interns leave. Sometimes it can be very hard to find people with the expertise to help you

  10. Good work, smart people, company in flux.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Although it is in vogue to hate on Microsoft, it is a genuinely nice place to work. The people there are smart, professional and have a general air of maturity.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning and while exciting, it leaves employees worried. I would say the meeting-to-work ratio is a bit too high for an SDE position, but that's the reality of huge corporations.

    Advice to Management

    To steal a play from the recently removed: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. The old silos in the company are going away, but there are places where collaboration is encouraged but not well defined. Make sure that you give a clear vision for the One Microsoft and that it makes its way down to those who put the code to the products.

  11. Program Manager Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Interview Process
    Friendly people
    open culture
    Innovation driven company

    Cons

    Big company
    So much choices from places to work

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