Snapchat
Snapchat is a photo messaging app that allows users to take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to recipients.
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Audio Software Engineer

Vancouver, BC, Canada

$5,800
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[Fall 2017] I worked at The Coalition, a game studio owned by Microsoft best known for the Gears of War series. They have an office in Downtown Vancouver (15 mins away from "Big Park," the other MSFT office) WORK: Game development is hectic and haphazard, and unfortunately, I came in during a particularly busy time for my team. I didn't really have a chance to sit down with someone and "learn the ropes," and I was instead thrust head-first into a task and told to "figure it out." Now, Unreal Engine 4 is a BEAST, and is not something that easily lends itself to "self learning." Pile-on all of the game-specific things you need to know, getting started in the codebase was incredibly difficult... Regardless, one of the (few) nice things… Show More
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Program Management Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

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This was my second year as an intern. I started as part of the Explore Program, chose to come back as a PM and will be returning this upcoming summer for my 3rd internship. I know others have talked about unenthusiastic teams, bad mentors, and bad managers. I understand. My first summer, my manager was horrible, chastising my abilities and my work. I expressed my concerns with my mentor, and thankfully, she was able to help me. The CEO said "people don't quit companies, they quit teams", which struck a chord with me. I decided to return the next summer as part of a different team. (I also found out that summer that my previous manager had been moved down to the position of Individual Contributor) I was also able to connect with someone… Show More
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Software Development Engineer Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

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The Microsoft intern program is well-organized with lots of special intern events (eg game nights, Mariners games, hiking etc). You get lots of perks with your salary including subsidized corporate housing, gym membership, and lots of gifts/swag. Microsoft is large and fragmented, so your experience will depend a lot on your specific team and manager. Overall, the people are smart, the culture is laid back, and the company mood is optimistic. There is lots of interesting stuff going on at Microsoft, but 4 months is not enough to ramp up and fully take advantage of everything. Your internship will likely be project-based and you shouldn't expect your intern project to be something cutting-edge. Return offers are relatively easy to get… Show More
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Software Engineer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

$10,851
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plenty of voluntary overtime work. experience is worth it. having beach is nice, great manager.
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Hard work, challenging project. Rewarding + Great Mentorships
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One mentor per coop guided you through. Worked as part of the team for a bit, then on a project in the app. Overall good experience. The housing sucked though
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Was a small company when I was there. There were a few people that brought the internship experience up. Did not interact with the rest of the company much. Was given full autonomy over my project, but did not receive much feedback.
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I worked here in Winter 2016. I was assigned a team that had a lot of projects in progress. There is pretty good mentorship from people in your immediate team, but since the company is expanding very rapidly, it may not be as simple to grab a hold of people to ask questions. Work-life balance varies by team, with some people working pretty long hours, but as an intern, you aren't expected to work long hours. The work you do at Snapchat will almost always be meaningful and be put to use. Those working on mobile will most definitely be able to point to something important or relevant in the app by the end of the internship. There are many free food options around and a solid chef in the cafeteria for lunches and dinners. Although there's… Show More
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Company culture isn't the best, but the location is key.
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Really open and supportive culture. There is an emphasis on maintaining work life balance and biweekly paid-for "council" sessions. Internship project and mentorship can vary widely based on team.
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I was working on the Broadcast team which was one of the most fun teams available. Within the team there was great culture and my manager was extremely supportive and helpful whenever I needed it. The overall company culture isn't the best and there are some difficulties around recruiting and perks but overall it was a fun co-op and a great was to experience LA living.
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I had a pretty good time at Snapchat, I was on the platform team mainly doing work on performance tooling and automation testing. Most of the people who work there are pretty chill, though I don't think the company culture is amazing. Snapchat's right on the beach which is really awesome, and the weather's pretty amazing, so there's always a nice view outside the window :)
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Software Engineer

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,367
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The quality of the internship really depends on these three things: - The team you end up on - The manager/mentor/lead you end up having - The project you get assigned These things can vary greatly and I lucked out with fantastic team, manager/mentor/lead, and project. When interviewing, make sure to make it perfectly clear what your interests are. They'll try their best to put you on something that matches your interests.
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Software Engineer

Tokyo, Japan

¥325,000
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The Office team in Microsoft Japan worked on docs.com and Office Lens while I was there. You'll be assigned an onboarding project to start off with, and then move onto a main project to finish off the term with. If you finish your main project quickly, then you'll probably end up working on regular engineering tasks. The projects were in different fields, and a couple of them were quite interesting (involved NLP, OpenGL), but a lot of them were fairly standard web/mobile-development feature tasks. Obviously, these choices will vary each term. Hours aren't particularly long, but they're pretty offset from the usual business hours (most people came in at 11 and left after 7). You're not pressured to commit to 11-7 at all though. Your… Show More
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Software Engineer Intern

Mountain View, CA, USA

$7,800
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Worked at Microsoft in summer 2017. Despite not being at the HQ in Redmond, there were intern events every week or two (paintball, baseball games, cruise, etc), and we also got flown to Seattle for a week for the famous signature event. In terms of work, I was put on a great team where my project was actually critical for the team. I became good friends with my mentor and manager, but with a company as big as Microsoft, team culture can really vary. The team asked for my preferences on the type of work I want beforehand and gave me something that matched them exactly, despite me not having any experience in that domain beforehand. However, I did find that intern expectations here were noticeably higher than the other companies I worked… Show More
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Software Engineering Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,425
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As mentioned in other reviews, Microsoft is the biggest software company in the world and your internship experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. I would like to emphasize the compensation in this review. Microsoft literally makes it rain for interns. For first time Microsoft interns (not explorer), you will get paid $7200 per month (per tax). If you were to return to Microsoft as an intern, your salary will get bumped to $7650 and you will receive a one-time bonus of $5000. On top of the base salary and bonus, you can either choose to live in a corporate housing (hella fancy one, with bi-weekly cleaning service) or a one-time $9000 housing stipend for your 4-month internship. So if you are a returning… Show More
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Mentorship and work/life balance were great. Work was not that meaningful because I was assigned to a product that no one ever heard of and I was working on an intern project (meaning my work probably end up in the garbage right now). The intern events are probably the best out of all the big companies. Microsoft invited Daya and the Chainsmokers to perform in front of 2,000+ interns and gave out free xbox one to every intern. Overall, it's a very big company and your experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. HR is also flexible on switching team/organization for your next co-op, though sometimes they are very unresponsive and unhelpful.
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