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Principal Software Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WV +4 locations

-Build relationships and influence channels between marketing, design, and engineering- Drive key cross-app experiences across the apps org… Ivy Exec

29 days ago

Senior Software Engineer - Penetration Testing

Microsoft Redmond, WA

of this role include: Red TeamPenetration Testing: Leadefforts to simulate real attackers through in-depth attacks against OSG services. Identify vu ...… Experteer

5 days ago

Software Engineer

Microsoft Bellevue, WA +4 locations

CRM is looking for a software engineer to help define and drive innovative methods for measuring quality in a fast paced team. This role includes… Experteer

4 days ago

Sr.Software Engineer

Microsoft Bellevue, WA +2 locations

The Microsoft Dynamics teamis embracing the Cloud and we need a Software engineer to help us transform our enginee ...… Experteer

4 days ago

Software Engineer II

Microsoft Redmond, WA +7 locations

We are looking for developers with a passion for deep technical problem solving, who can move across the breadth of ambitious business goals and… Experteer

28 days ago


Microsoft Redmond, WA +8 locations

It has never been a more exciting time to be on the reseller and partner ecosystem (RPE) team. We are delivering partner facing features at a very… Experteer

25 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Microsoft San Francisco, CA +4 locations

We are looking for a strong Technical Evangelist / Software Developer with public cloud platform experience to join the Technical Evangelism and… Experteer

15 days ago


Microsoft Bellevue, WA +2 locations

We are part of Microsoft Advertising R&D Revenue and Relevance team, responsible for driving scientific and algorithmic innovations and breakthroughs… Experteer

5 days ago

Senioir Software Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WA

The Workplace Experiences (WEX) teamis looking for talented engineers to growSharePoint Online and Office 365. In just two short years, Office… Experteer

8 days ago

Principal IT Software Development Engineer

Microsoft Issaquah, WA

The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for engineering excellence, has the ...… Experteer

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    Thoughts after 10 years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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


    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.


    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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