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Great work experience

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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 (more than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Lots of smart people. You can learn a lot and gain deep technical expertise.

Cons

Feels like a bit slow when releasing products compared to competitors. But, things are changing.

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  1. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company & management. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Test/ and M are mostly overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate test discipline.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Once great.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Free Mountain Dew. Cheap software. Huge bonuses for salaried employees if they are stack-ranked into the right box. An ever-changing review system that's like Sudoku, except that the numbers don't have to add-up. There are offices in the same building as Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton...so, I guess that's a pro if you sold your stock before Vista came out.

    Cons

    Regular RIFs (Reduction in Force) that are labeled "re-organization." RIF-ed positions subsequently become contract positions if they do not disappear altogether. Employees regularly refer to the company as the Titanic: too big a ship to turn around. The place lost it's ability to get things done quickly and is instead just a big, red-tape-y, uninspiring bore. It is NOT the place it was when BillG was there, despite SteveB's enthusiasm for kicking @$$. The stock is as stagnant as the innovating.

    Advice to Management

    Human Relations (the org should be re-titled. Something with the word "robotic" or "obstacle"), Investor Relations (has no real idea what is going on in your organization because they are literally getting their info from blogs because teams they represent don't share strategy or project info with IR), and your PR (great at talking without communicating, and thus often retracting or backpedaling as it makes statements) departments are as overdue for genuine revamping as everything else Msft does. Special note: you've brought new meaning to "making it over the hump" by letting go of FTEs on Wednesdays. Perhaps, less bragging about how Msft spends ENORMOUS sums on R&D when we don't actually see results from it as compared companies who spend far less.

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