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Great company to work with

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

The people, the management style, the people again! Access to fun technology.

Cons

Can be lightly lower pay scale

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Learn good software engineering practices, and then rethink about your career.

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will be working with some of the smartest people if you are in the right group here. You will have an opportunity to learn so much about software engineering. Good facilities and perks.

    Cons

    Too big a company and too many re-orgs. It hampers an individual contributor's growth. You will be learning Microsoft technologies a lot. These doesn't help if you look for opportunities outside Microsoft. You will basically be a person who knows only about Microsoft technologies and nothing about open source technology stack. A Microsoft engineer might not be that highly regarded in other big companies simply because of the technologies learnt while in Microsoft.
    Another issue is that you will be as good as your lead projects you in front of everyone else. So if your lead doesn't like you, you are screwed. This lead might not be the one who interviewed you and hired you because of re-org. So basically it is something like you interviewed for team A, but when you join, because of re-orgs you end up working for team B and totally different person who you did not meet during the interview time.
    Another thing is SDET career is not good at all. Anyone who joins as SDET is just wasting career here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less re-orgs please. Review the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Talented people, good opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Service Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, large company with a lot of opportunity. There is a wealth of experienced talent there to learn from.

    Cons

    Stock performance! The location can be difficult for transfers in from CA. The sun rarely shines there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Ballmer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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