Carefully deciding between Google vs Microsoft SWE internship

Jan 4 29 Comments

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.

Microsoft pros:
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.

Google pros:
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!

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Google nixmix
    Google hands down
    Jan 4 4
    • OP
      Thanks! Can I ask you why or what attracted you to Google?
      Jan 4
    • Facebook yolaohf
      It’s generally regarded as more prestigious than Microsoft. You are correct that companies will care more about seeing Google than Microsoft.
      Jan 4
    • OP
      Would you say it’s a fair comparison to compare Google to Microsoft as Microsoft to Capital One, or Microsoft to Intuit? (no offense)
      Jan 4
    • Google ovBk62
      Nah Microsoft is decent reputation too. Maybe compare it to eBay/PayPal types.
      Jan 4
  • Microsoft
    dhbtolp

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    dhbtolpmore
    Microsoft by far has the best intern program. They are payed more than entry-level SWEs, basically don't have to do anything other than the ample intern events, and are fast-tracked for jobs at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other companies.
    Jan 4 3
    • Google Lame.
      You know what else fast tracks for jobs at Google? Interning at Google...
      Jan 4
    • Microsoft
      dhbtolp

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      Ya but then you actually have to work and deal with people who don't understand jokes
      Jan 5
    • Microsoft / Eng brane
      @Lame. Not really. At Google you still need to go through the interview loop after the internship to receive the offer. At Msft your boss can essentially hand out an offer, no interview loop. So in Google, your internship experience doesn't really account for most of the hiring decision.
      Jan 9
  • Amazon gnVV23
    Focus on brand value for 1 year out of college. Then focus on interesting work wherever that may be.
    Jan 4 1
  • Google ovBk62
    Optimize for brand value and perceived prestige for now. A Google internship will make it super easy for you to get interview calls from whichever company you want in the future.

    Also try to intern at a startup next year. This is to make sure you get experience of both kinds of places and can take an informed decision as to where you want to work for full time.

    In terms of compensation, Google FTE pays way more.
    Jan 4 1
    • OP
      Thanks, this is very helpful!
      Jan 4
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    Keep in mind that google makes their interns go thru conversion interviews even if they perform well, so you’re not guaranteed to get a return offer.

    However, G’s brand value outweighs that imo.
    Jan 4 0
  • Google / Eng
    ToGY40

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    Jan 4 0
  • Microsoft vmYj15
    I will mention that I had no problems receiving interviews and getting offers from Jane Street, Two Sigma, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest and Lyft after a Microsoft internship. I don’t think the difference between Google/Microsoft matters for getting interviews.
    Jan 5 2
    • Microsoft vmYj15
      Although I also feel I didn’t learn much at my Microsoft internship. The events are great and WLB is amazing though.
      Jan 5
    • OP
      Wow that’s super impressive! Can I ask why you took Microsoft over those companies tho, just looking at your tag?
      Jan 5
  • Microsoft / Eng Arye
    I think a goog internship would be more interesting for a msft interviewer than a msft internship would be for a goog interviewer.
    Jan 5 0
  • Microsoft / Eng 6hworkday
    Go for google, think - Microsoft internship isn’t going to be a much help to get a full time offer for google, but with google internship in your resume you can be almost sure you gonna get great fte offer from MS
    Jan 5 0
  • Google / Eng
    चाचा चौधरी

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    Probably Google. But also depends on what org/team
    Jan 4 0
  • Insikt
    anon778274

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    Work in an enterprise based firm vs a disruptor. Depends on what you want on a long term
    Jan 4 2
    • Microsoft
      SlimJim

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      You may not realize it but Microsoft is definitely a disruptor.
      Jan 4
    • Insikt
      anon778274

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      Sure if you are lucky enough to be sorted into the right department. Lots of pm just hate their life coz they get sorted into old platforms
      Jan 4
  • Microsoft DeJu04
    Hey have you consider taking both? I took a break from school and did a winter internship with Google and summer with MSFT. Good Luck.
    Jan 6 0
  • Microsoft cout<<
    You’re second year so does that mean you have time for 2 internships? If so I’d take the one you don’t want to go full time with and then next year go for the other. It is nice to experience a different company before going full time. This assumes you feel confident landing the internship next year.

    Do you know what org you’d be in at MS? That would make a difference.
    Jan 5 0
  • Microsoft Vesuvius
    Without knowing much more Google is probably better as you are more likely to get stuck with a random chaotic team in MS. There are some pretty cool teams in Microsoft though (quantum computing software?) So if you significantly prefer subject matter in Microsoft go there.

    Another consideration is where you want to end up after graduation. If you don’t have a geography preference, Seattle would be much better economically because there is no state tax and the COL is lower while compensation is similar and the high tech scene is second to only the Bay Area.
    Jan 4 0
  • Google infa
    I don’t think these two brands make too much difference for your next job. Both are well recognized. I feel location may be a more important factor as Bay Area has much more startups, if you care that.
    Jan 4 0
  • New / Eng
    Undefined.

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    Jan 4 0

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