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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at MicrosoftPros
You really can't ask for more, in some sense. If you're a strong engineer with decent soft skills, you'll quickly rise to the right level in the company. Many people don't make it past a certain level because they undervalue (or refuse to value) soft skills -- "if I'm hardcore enough of an engineer, I should be a VP." But if you have solid technical chops and also can work well with others, you'll do well.
The benefits and pay really can't be beat, at least for people with a strong growth potential. However, the pay is predictable and less lottery-like; you should join a startup if you're hoping to make millions regardless of your skill level. At Microsoft, it's way too late to "make millions," but a solid engineer should expect to make very good money.Cons
It's a big company. One of the largest in software. So it has some traditional big-company drawbacks. Like slow decision-making. Like re-orgs. Like a mixed bag of people in some organizations.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Take a big, big risk. Microsoft is at a "good to great" inflection point. It needs to take on something massively risky. Like what was done with Xbox, which bled money for years but is now a great platform.RecommendsNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Microsoft.Interview Details
I initially had a on campus interview at my university. It was short 30 minute interview where they went over my resume and had a quick technical question.
I heard back around 3 weeks later, mainly b/c I had a offer that was on the verge of expiring. They flew me out to the Redmond campus that same week.
The day of the interview, I arrived on site around 8am and had a quick chat with HR. They told me which team I was interviewing for and sent me to the building for the interviews. I had 5 interviews and 1 lunch interview. This lasted until around 3PM.
I received a call the next day and was extended an offer.
The technical questions asked:
remove duplicates from an unsorted array
reverse string(ie. hello world => world hello)
find lca for bst
find first non repeating character in string
given a list of characters and the function toLower, implement toUpper
check for palindrome in string and singly linked list
check if binary tree is bstInterview Questions
Negotiation DetailsI did not negotiate, the compensation package was good enoughAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
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