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Research Software Development Engineer II - Microsoft Research

Microsoft Corporation New York, NY

Microsoft Research New York City (MSR-NYC) is seeking a highly motivated, independent software developer who will be a member of the research lab…

9 days ago

Principal Software Engineer II

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We seek engineers with strong experience developing user interfaces for applications on the iPhone or iPad using the iOS SDK. Having a complete and…

14 days ago

Security Software Engineer II

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Candidates need to have knowledge of Windows architecture or other in-depth knowledge of a product, security-mindedness, and solid debugging and…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA +11 locations

Bing is evolving from keyword based search engine to an intent fulfilment engine, through semantic understanding of the web. The entity linking and…

30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer II

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA +3 locations

Responsibility of our team ranges from discovery of all the images on the web, to crawling and processing hundreds of billions images, to storing…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II - Exchange

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Do you want to work on exciting scenarios of a multi-billion dollar/year product? Do you want to be part of a team that delivers software as a…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II-Skype

Microsoft Corporation Palo Alto, CA

About Skype The Skype team is at the forefront of Microsofts effort to expand the communication experience from living room to boardroom. We want to…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II Avatar

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Since their introduction six years ago, Xbox avatars have become the social identity for our gaming customers across Microsoft properties, making…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II - OneDrive

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

OneDrive is used by hundreds of millions of people, from across the globe, and is emerging as a developer platform, both inside and outside…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer II - MCIO

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We deliver the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's over 200 online businesses including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox…

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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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