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Can't ask for a better first job

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

You are really coding at a bleeding edge environment. Two years in and I am tasked with cloudifying a major service in our platform (serving tens of thousands each). I went from college student with experience in C / C++ to being an expert in C#. I got to design an asynchronous public API. I have been able to take on as much work as I can handle with the support of mentors and my manager. Seriously, when you get a good team, Microsoft can be a great place to work.

Cons

From some of my friends, the experience at Microsoft can vary. If you get a crappy manager, your life can be a living hell. If you are in a bad org, upper management can also hinder instead of promote evolutionary changes.

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    One of the best

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Professional work environment.
    High salary
    Good 401 match

    Cons

    Not much innovation
    Seattle is cloudy everyday
    Too much competition among engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more innovative
    open office in california

    Recommends
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    Great benefits, mostly good people, but it is starting to fall apart

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The benefits are great
    The environment is pleasant
    The people are decent by and large but not always all that smart

    Cons

    The Infrastructure is falling apart
    You have to be best friends with management in order to get promoted
    Change is slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the most important change that is required inside Microsoft is to separate performance evaluation of managers and individual contributors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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