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Software Development Engineer, Principal

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA +9 locations

We are looking for exceptionally talented developers to help us build the best intelligent experiences across mobile ecosystems. The ideal candidate…

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Principal Software Development Engineer - Skype

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are looking for a principal software development engineer that is equally as…

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Software Development Engineer, Principal - Startup Business Group

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are looking highly motivated engineers with sharp technical skills around a variety of technologies starting from Mobile to Rich App to Web Apps…

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Principal Software Development Engineer Lead - Skype

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

This position will provide a unique opportunity to work with a broad array of communications technologies in Skype and to enable exciting new…

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Principal Software Development Engineer in Test - Skype

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

As a Principle SDET for Quality Engineering you will work as an individual contributor implementing the concepts of Continous Delivery together with…

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Principal Software Development Engineer-Incubation, Microsoft Studios

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Youre an awesome game engine developer with an array of skills in supporting and creating core engine features. Your background ranges from…

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Research Software Development Engineer, Principal - Microsoft Research

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are focused on building scalable infrastructure for large-scale machine learning. We build real distributed systems, not research prototypes. We…

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Manufacturing Test, Software Development Engineer Manager, Principal - Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Here is your chance to join a Software Engineering team to help ship the next great Microsoft Hardware Products like Surface RT, Surface Pro, XBOX…

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Principal Software Development Engineer - Microsoft Devices Group, Camera Team (

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Every new era of technology needs a new era of talent. People like you - with big ideas and wide imaginations who can transform this industry and…

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Principal Program Manager

Microsoft Redmond, WA

Are you passionate about building cool devices and technologies? The Surface Team focuses on building devices that fully express the Windows vision… Ivy Exec

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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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