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Good place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 5 years)

Pros

1. Good name on Resume
2. Flexibility
3. Work Life Balance

Cons

1. Politics
2. Lack of vision

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vast range of jobs, tasks, products & services provides lots of niches for software professionals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    There are still some truly great folks who work at MIcrosoft. You can learn a lot from them. The sheer diversity of products within the same company is hard to match: you can find exactly the right product on which you'd like to work. Many teams have really good work/life balance. You'll have the opportunity on many teams to see world-scale software being developed and maintained.

    Cons

    The review system is very discouraging: a large chunk of the employee base will get a dispiriting message every year and there's no real (economic) benefit to being on a high-performing team.

    Though large, Microsoft is insular when it comes to its own technologies and products. It's hard to maintain or grow your skills outside of the MS ecosystem without a lot of isolated effort.

    Huge legacy and installed user base size creates a lot of inertial that makes innovation harder. This applies to both the products themselves and the processes/tools used to create them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp, replace or remove the rating system. Add some notion of team rewards for success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it was.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal/Director in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal/Director in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, access to technology.

    Cons

    Almost everything these days is downside. The worst part of the company is its senior management--their strategy and executional ability is terrible. The company has an awful HR culture--no matter what HR represents, everything above level 65 is political and based on the subjective opinion of some inept VP. Great place to start your career. Leave at level 63.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Steve Ballmer, and eliminate stack ranking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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