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Great company to work for

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Work-life balance is better as compared to other companies.
Great benefits.
Smart co-workers.
Option to change product group.

Cons

Contentious performance review model - visibility gets rewarded more than collaboration.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A lot of oppotunities and smart people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oppotunities in different area and technology
    Smart people, world class environment

    Cons

    Competitive review process
    Too big to move fast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft promotes evil managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a lovely campus in a lovely part of the country. The company is financially healthy.

    Cons

    Microsoft attracts and promotes managers who are narcissistic, hyper-competitive, and often unethical. If you happen to get one of these managers, you will suffer greatly.

    Like many large companies, Microsoft has a peer-review system that drives a gang-like type of social behavior amongst its employees. Often, the most successful employees are experts at manipulating their coworkers (and measuring loyalty). Such a system is the bane of employees who are inventive, productive, and intellectually honest. Good people simply cannot survive in such an atmosphere.

    New employees are instructed to watch a series of training videos where a major theme is: "No employee can be penalized for behaving ethically." This is completely false. There are no systems in place to protect employees who behave ethically. If your manager is evil, you will likely be penalized for behaving ethically.

    Also, what the hell is an SDET anyway? Are you kidding me?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should alter their code of conduct. They should seek to be replaced by people who are intelligent and ethical. It should be possible for employees to succeed who have the following qualities: Ethical, Productive, Intelligent, Trustworthy, Honest.

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