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Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Lots of worldwide internal opportunites. Good place to work if you want varied experiences. Excellent pay and benefits compared to other companies out there. Sure there are exception to this but on the whole I think it is true.

Cons

Company's strategy may leave you scratching your head at times. Large company means team cultures can vary greatly. You may get stuck on a lousy team or you may be fortunate to work on a great team - likewise with management. Seemingly constant reorgs and office moves. Performance rating system enforces some will get low scores and low or no bonuses.

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    Learned a lot of things but did see some ugly politicking.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer/T in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer/T in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Smart people
    Your own office
    Security (vs a startup)

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    You have to be very vocal to get your way (isn't that the same everywhere?) and to get a good ranking.
    Office politics or intra-company politics.
    Developers are valued more than testers (reflected in schedules where the testing schedule is shortened if developers are late with features)
    Lots of dependencies with other groups can make it hard to change direction on a product.
    Sometimes you do things just for show but they don't contribute to the product.
    Hard to move to development if you started as a tester.

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of roles - but it also means to get a very rounded experience you would have to do different roles - but you can do them across different teams - so life stays interesting

    Cons

    if Promos and pay are you thing - this is not a fast paced young company - so temper expectations

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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