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University of software development.

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Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

Pros

Learn from smart people. Rewards high performers. Values family.

Cons

Big company. Long processes like end of year reviews to help balance company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do more with less.

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Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, work life balance (unless you're a dev)

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    - Many options for changing teams
    - Salary competitive in redmond area

    Cons

    - Too many employees - career growth can stall
    - Many groups are doing mediocre work
    - Living in an MSFT cocoon makes you feel falsely secure and unaware of the outside world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great fundamentals, wrong strategy

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Company stability, education and certification support, relatively good work/life balance in mature teams

    Cons

    Terrible managers around (not all, but a higher index of really bad managers than any other place before), slow growth for experienced industry hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the ranking system, use a competency based performance evaluation that doesn't assume 10% of bad performers and instead of improving the company, creates the trend for 50% to focus on politics and "perform well" while creating +30% underperformers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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