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

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

ProsYou 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.

ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementLess re-orgs please. Review the management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Talented people, good opportunities.

    Service Manager (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

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


    Pros: Great working environment, large company with a lot of opportunity. … Cons: Stock performance! The location can be difficult for transfers… Advice to Senior Management: Get rid of Ballmer. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Worth the pain if you end up in the right team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

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


    Pros: - Some ridiculously smart people - Passionate people who have lives… Cons: - Process heavy, can be worse depending on your team. -… Advice to Senior Management: Get rid of excess fat, a lot of folks are 'resting and vesting'… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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