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Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

work with a lot of very smart individuals

Cons

Cultural shift focused more on visibility and less about the quaility of work (i.e. more about the spin that the the results)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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    Depends on your team

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Make sure you have a good lead who stands up for you. If you don't then get out of this team as quick as possible. Without a lead that supports you, your career won't go anywhere fast at MSFT.
    - Compensation and benefits package are above average.
    - The company is starting to perform well. The underdog role suits MSFT.

    Cons

    - Management above your lead oftentimes have no clue how to work with the product and have no interest in learning.
    - Little visibility into what the leads and managers do with all their time.
    - Lots of pointless meetings and red tape.
    - if you have a good team with standup people than you will like your job but oftentimes you have bad eggs at high-ish level positions
    - The curve is awful. Makes you constantly have to watch your back.
    - Too much emphasis on visibility. If you do great work but the powers that be don't see it, you won't be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a strong look at your management. Determine whether they are actually needed or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Get to know your team manager before joining a team

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    MSFT has smart people. These are tech fellows and researchers. Follow their ideas and inventions. MSFT has challenging problems awaiting smart people's solutions. Your product may affect millions of people's daily life.

    Cons

    MSFT has stupid people. These are resource managers and project managers. MSFT has stupid product policies. These are supressions of creative ideas and inventions that may compete with Windows, Office or IE. MSFT has stupid people policies. These are constrained mobility, annual reviews and caliberation -a total joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful when you join a MSFT team. Get to know your team manager - some of them are evil politicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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