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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome workplace, but a large company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft


    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.


    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.

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Microsoft Interviews

Updated Oct 29, 2014
Updated Oct 29, 2014

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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:
    On-campus interview:
        remove duplicates from an unsorted array
    On-site interviews:
        implement strtok
        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 bst

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate, the compensation package was good enough
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

Microsoft Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
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Headquarters Redmond, WA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1975
Type Company - Public (MSFT)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Google,, Apple

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