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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)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Salary Benefits Peers - very intelligent Career paths

Cons

There is no check/balance to ensure you and your manager are compatible

Advice to Management

Do a better job sharing the company's vision to the rest of the company Better marketing is necessary Target consumers more

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  1. Helpful (5)

    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a place with smart people, good pay and good benefits. It's a respectable technology company (if not a leading one) and there's the potential for growth in broad areas.

    Cons

    In two words: the culture and the management. Performance reviews have been honed to a system that pits people against each other like on Survivor and people do lose their jobs because of it. Management and bureaucracy are stifling due to size and politics. If you're coming from outside Microsoft, their idea of work-life balance will shock you. And at this point, management seems dangerously out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Ballmer, break up the company, lose the review system and let the great people you have actually do what they want rather than sit in meetings and do presentations all the time.


  2. Fantastic software company where hard work is rewarded

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to drive significant change across the software industry

    Cons

    Can be a bit political

    Advice to Management

    Need to revisit how different culture is in Seattle compared with the rest of the East Coast and then apply that lens to the marketing and go to market efforts


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