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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.

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Microsoft Response

Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

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

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    Great opportunity for a college graduate

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great perks.
    Flexible schedule / Ability to work remotely, even from a different country.
    Very good compensation,
    Good work/life balance.
    World impacting work.
    Ability to get to know very smart or important people in the tech industry.

    Cons

    Cross-team collaboration is difficult.
    Just like any other large organization, there is too much unnecessary process, but it depends on the team.
    Necessity to look after yourself almost too aggressively to achieve promotions.

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    Great place to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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