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Dead-End SDET

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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)

Pros

When on a good team the sky is the limit.
401k with matching.
Volunteer support.
Good for single people out of college and those just starting families.

Cons

Benefits have taken a big hit. Medical has gone in the crapper. Morale stinks in what used to be Live.
Managers encourage employee backstabbing each other.
Review system
Expected to work late everyday and check e-mail from home. Expected to have work e-mail on phone with no contribution to expenses.
No option to take cash rather than stock. The stock is worthless, why would I want more?
Not a good place for established families. Lots of age & marital discrimination. A Dev Lead stated that he only wanted young unmarried people straight out of college because he can work them to death.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

MSFT is heading in the wrong direction at so many levels. Need to dump the current review system.
The company needs a hard reboot.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great company before 2009, down hill from there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Pre-2009, Microsoft had one of the best benefits packages in the industry.

    Cons

    Company went down hill along with the economy in 2009. Massive layoffs of talented people. Too much of bad designs, poor marketing schemes, ideology, and influence from lower paid management brought in to replace the lost talent after 2009.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your hiring strategy and take a look at the talent that was let go in 2009.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Networking is Key

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Experience working with Fortune 500 Clients

    Cons

    Limited Work Life Balance - depends on your team/group
    Limited career opportunities outside of sales and technical careers
    Very political - need to network outside your group to get promotion/bonus
    Each team/business units has different set of priorities and goal so hard to partner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop process to train new managers
    Communicate clear priorities and vision for the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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