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

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

You 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.

Cons

Too 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 ManagementAdvice

Less re-orgs please. Review the management.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    great experience, team, portfolio

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    creative, smart people, fast paced environment, benefits

    Cons

    tough, competitive environment, long commute,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more effecient process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Very comfortable company to work for.

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    Former Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability
    Focus on your growth
    Wide range of experiences at your finger tips
    Ability to drive your own career path without leaving the company
    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    It's large and moves slow if your passionate about what your doing. It's hierarchical and you have to be willing to play that game if you want to move up in your career. It can lul you to sleep in your job if you do not pay attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. They have fresh insight into something you may have been looking at for to long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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