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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good pay, good fellow employees

Cons

Big organization with lots of hurdles to get things done

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  1. Exciting products but boring company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a huge organization. Your experience would depend on which group you work for and your immediate manager. With risk of generalization, I'll try to describe certain common themes that run throughout the company. * Good Pay and benefits. * Employees are valued and taken care of. * Exciting opportunities available within the company if you get bored of current job. You can live you entire professional life changing teams and jobs to stay motivated or get promoted! * There are a lot of smart people work for this company. They have, arguably, the best talent pool in the industry. * You can maintain work/life balance. Although it is optional. Some people give it up to move up the career ladder like any other company. Staying mediocre is an option which may not be available at many other tech companies and especially not in startup.

    Cons

    * Firstly, On the day of joining you would feel lost. * Old company set in it's ways and hard to affect any changes. * "Not my job" mentality with little sense of ownership. * Little sense of continuous process improvement. Developer productivity is abysmal with broken tools and processes. * Fight for visibility to get promoted and move up the career ladder. * Lots of Engineers choose to remain mediocre because they are still getting promoted! If you want to get motivated to join or start your own startup, join Microsoft! Here you would see worst of malaise of large corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing changes here so don't want to waste my words!


  2. Microsoft is a great place to work - great benefits & advancement opportunities!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The pros are the benefits and the advancement opportunities. The health care changed this year but it's still better than most places. They also focus on your career and advancement which is great! It's also a casual dress environment which I personally love!

    Cons

    The cons are the work-life-balance. Most people seem to always be busy and the amount of meetings and email is unreal!

    Advice to Management

    Have more job-share, part-time or telework opportunities and focus more on work-life-balance. I know it's a top priority in some orgs but could have even more focus and creative solutions.


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