Carefully deciding between Google vs Microsoft SWE internship
Hi all, I’m a second year student in university. I have competing offers from Google and Microsoft and I’m not sure which one to choose. I wanted to ask blind over reddit because it seems more people here have industry experience.
I’ve heard that Microsoft’s intern experience is better than Google’s. Their interviews were fun to do, flying to Seattle and interviewing onsite, whereas Google had 2 technical phone screens. My Microsoft interviews were actually more difficult than my Google interviews. Microsoft also has a higher return offer rate, i would probably need to reinterview at Google next year. I don’t think TC would necessarily be higher at Google compared to Microsoft when it comes to full time.
Ive heard Google has a better reputation, but I’m not sure how much better that is for internships. I also heard that I would probably learn more as an intern at Google, though team dependent. I think companies like Airbnb, Robinhood, Jane Street, Two Sig (companies that pay a lot), would care more about a Google internship than Microsoft when it comes to my internship search in the fall. It would probably be easier to network with cool startups in the Bay Area than in Seattle. I would rather work for Google full time than Microsoft full time. It seems more HYPS (Harvard, Stanford, etc) students are at Google as devs.
Feel free to correct my pros, I could be wrong for some points. Are there certain factors I should pay more attention to based on your guys’ experience out of college? I also want to do what’s best for my career and my future TC. Thanks everyone for your help!