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Principal Software Engineer – new

Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

We are an elite team working on low level features to make the Xbox One an even more capable and appealing game console. We have a culture of… Ivy Exec

5 days ago

Principal Security Software Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WA

include: War Games / Attack and Penetration - Parlaying research of actual exploits and attacks against Azure services, platforms and infrastructure… Ivy Exec

5 days ago

Research Software Development Engineer, Principal

Microsoft Redmond, WA

Develop end-to-end systems that help people with disabilities. Such systems are composed of real-time robotic-like motion control systems, audio and… Ivy Exec

29 days ago


Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

The Developer Platform & Insights teamowns the quality of the app developer platform. We own ensuring that Store app (XAML, JS, DirectX) developers… Experteer

11 days ago


Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

- BS in Computer Science (MS is a plus). 6+ years of relevant software de ...… Experteer

11 days ago

Software Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

Our organization is focused on our commerce and store investments. This business brings together all the great minds behind our on-line stores for… Experteer

22 days ago

Sr. Software Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

If youre the right fit for this job, youre a seasoned developer with passion for developing world class custo ...… Experteer

3 days ago

Software Engineer 2 – new

Microsoft Redmond, WA +2 locations

Our teamis looking for a high performing and motivated software engineer to complement our existing teamand help to drive the design and development Experteer

12 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

3 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer – new

Microsoft Bellevue, WA

Microsoft is making a huge R&D investment in the Microsoft Dynamics platforms and applications business. To succeed in this mission, we must build a… Experteer

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    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    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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