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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

Cons

Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

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    Play the game right and you can go far.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the team, you can be working on awesome products. Also depending on the team, people are passionate about what they do. Very smart and driven people, for the most part.

    Cons

    Test is often not seen as a key contributor to products, more like monkeys just there to pound on the product after the fact (fwiw this is not only at MSFT). Some people just seem to be there for a paycheck (or a visa maybe), and don't seem to really care about the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO: make some major changes (e.g. cut divisions that are losing money) to get the stock price, and more importantly public perception, of the company rebooted. To mid-level management: actually act on post-mortem notes and don't just throw them away; actually put automation to use so that it saves time for functional testers and does not just become a separate product to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative, intelligent people. You have the autonomy to craft your business within certain pre-determined boundaries. Benefits are excellent and there is flexiblity in work/life balance. Compensation is reasonable.

    Cons

    Working long hours. High stress especially in sales roles. Lots of complexity and ambiguity. You have to really know how to navigate Microsoft to be successful. Promotions are few even when exceed goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to develop a genuine interest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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