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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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

Do more with less.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  2. Helpful (5)

    If you are in it for yourself, fine...just don't try to help others.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager Architect in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager Architect in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's Microsoft. They do a lot of great things across a lot of different fields. It looks good on a resume, they pay reasonably well.

    Cons

    I had 5 managers in 11 months and received no real guidance after the first couple months. I chose to help a team that needed it, not look out for myself, and paid for it with the worst review ever -- even though I hit all the goals set out for me by Managers #1 & 2.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your lower level managers. Are they rewarding the right behavior? I watched one 'architect' fiddle with a tiny object model for 2 years and accomplish nothing, another developer flat out refused to help with a feature requested by the GM. Both were rewarded at review time.

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