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Fast paced, enthusiastic employees, pampered benefits, tough testing

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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

Pros

The benefits are amazing, including health, life, 401, shuttle, meal cards. The work is good, fast, and the co-workers are enthusiastic. The campus is beautiful and Seattle is a fun city. Oh, also, the pay is amazing.

Cons

The job can sometimes move fast, and standing out can be difficult amidst the clutter. This job is software development and systems engineering, not theory or science.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    a great place to be a consultant but wouldn't want to be an FTE

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

    Pros

    Learning environment with opportunities in many different areas

    Cons

    Need to be able to hit the ground running and work with a lot of egos. Considering that everyone is fairly well paid, there are morale issues nearly everywhere and collaboration is not encouraged because of the review model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration by changing the review system! Work to decrease competition among divisions (would greatly increase the "bring to market" time for new products) and encourage innovation. Right now, everyone is scared to make big suggestions for fear of failure and how it will impact their review.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of rote, unexciting work; twenty+ year old codebases

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Hours were flexible; manager did not micromanage; bright coworkers; excellent health insurance; if you are lucky (and very talented), you might get to work on something very interesting. The company is huge and moving around from team to team can expose one to a variety of technologies.

    Cons

    Disclosure: I was working on a very old piece of software and had little exposure to some of the newer projects at MS. Furthermore, I found the weather unbearably gloomy (Seattle), which no doubt played a role in my overall dissatisfaction.

    Relatively few employees really get to contribute meaningfully (the rest are primarily engaged in useless work). The salary was relatively low. There was no feeling of passion of any kind in 80% of my coworkers. Internal "morale" meetings were a joke.

    There is an excessive focus on individual features as opposed to providing a cohesive user experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up the ranks--get rid of dead employees who are just hanging around without much use. Do not undertake projects that will result in incomplete/awkward functionality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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