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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 (more than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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)

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  1. It has been a challenging experience at Microsoft

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot opportunity to be found at Microsoft, since the company is in virtually every field of computing. The people are smart and friendly. You get to hear interesting talks from researchers and other notable personalities from inside and outside the company. The work is challenging and intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Working in a large company there is sometimes a lot of process involved in coordinating everyones efforts. This overhead can sometimes get in the way of work. However, newer teams are now adopting more agile methods of software development. Since everyone is smart, there is a lot of tough competition between colleagues to get rewards and promotions, and so you need to be prepared to work long hours to be successful.

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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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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