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Great place to learn and grow your career. But complex org to navigate.

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Great opportunities, challenging work, smart people, resources to invest in doing the right work.

Cons

Matrix organization can make it difficult to move projects forward when trying to build consensus across so many. Too easily silo'd into one area or domain of work when you want to grow your span of influence.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great place to work with

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

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

    Pros

    1. Wealth of knowledge and industry experience
    2. Diverse set of products
    3. Great pay, benefits and profit sharing

    Cons

    1. Growth determined by who you know, not what you do
    2. Developers are given preference over test and PM
    3. Too much red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more transparency about review system
    Improve the career growth trajectory for SDET role
    Cut the red tape

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Developers have their own offices. Because Microsoft has a longer release cycle than many software companies, the stereotypical "have to work overtime because the project is due" doesn't really apply. Very laid-back environment. As long as you get your work done and don't miss meetings, no one really minds when you work.

    Cons

    As with any company with thousands of employees, sometimes you can feel like a grain of sand on the beach. As a developer, you don't have a say in the big picture of the company. If that's important to you, don't work here; find a start-up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

    Thank you for the candid review, great comments and insight.

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