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if you can work 10-12 hours everyday on regular basis - you can grow easily. Forget work-life balance!!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Some really smart people to work with. If you work really hard and can prove yourself - you will be rewarded very well. But you need to be on "core" projects - that matters most to your group.

Cons

For working mothers, hard place to grow and keep balance between work-family. Extra hours put in close to any sort of release ( 60 hours/week ) is normal / expected but not rewarded. Amibition + hardwork is not enough - you need to be aggressive as well.

No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Mixed - depends on the group

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    I had one group that was pretty good with organization and process, so that folks didn't feel too overwhelmed, and knew what their priorities should be. There was reasonable work-life balance as well. The work could be interesting, although with competition between leads, there was come cherry-picking of assignments away from those who were interested.

    Cons

    Another group was terrible - there was no coordination between the different teams, and too many "high priorities " at once. It was not clear whether the right things were happening.
    There are so many teams in a company of 90,000+ people that it really doesn't matter whether I name it or not, your chances of arriving there are miniscule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try for greater consistency between the teams. There's a push to have employees "manage their own careers" which is mostly a cop-out for managers to not do their jobs in making things clear, removing obstacles, propoerly resourcing requirements, etc.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the cult it used to be - far more a job now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    lots of new stuff almost daily

    Cons

    processes are killing it and losing momentum

    No opinion of CEO
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