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30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer, Senior - Microsoft Devices Group - Hardware

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

A successful candidate will be responsible for writing low level and system level diagnostics, help to bring up new HW and support HW builds. In this…

2 days ago

Research Software Development Engineer – new

Microsoft Redmond, WA

.We are building a distributed functional programming platform to allow programmer to write fine grain distributed iterative dataflow programs that… Ivy Exec

2 days ago

Research Software Development Engineer, Principal – new

Microsoft Redmond, WA

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

24 days ago

IT Software Development Engineer

Microsoft Redmond, WA

At MS Operations we have a passion for customers, partners and technology. We provide solutions to deliver more software to users worldwide by… Experteer

3 days ago

Software Development Engineer, Senior – new

Microsoft Bellevue, WA

The Bing Ads teamis building a next generation OLTP system to support the Ads business. We have o… Experteer

11 days ago

Product Intelligence Manager

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Are you passionate about working with Big Data to solve complex business problems that directly impact our customers and our revenue? Are you excited…

8 days ago

Senior SW/FW Engineer

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Role & Opportunity: The Surface development team is seeking a talented software development

30+ days ago

Applied Speech Scientist

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA

Our team brings together talent in the areas of software engineering, speech recognition, synthesis and modeling (machine leaning & classification…

30+ days ago

Research Hardware Development Engineer II

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are looking for a talented scientist/engineer with a proven track record of building systems that combine hardware and software in interesting…

30+ days ago

Senior Electrical Engineer Xbox Hardware Development

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

will cover all phases of product development, including concept definition, solution evaluation, design implementation & verification, and transfer…

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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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