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Huge company, large opportunities

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

Pros

- many cooperating teams and plenty of career opportunities
- competitive salary and benefits
- ability to work on projects that affect millions of people

Cons

- it's a large company with all its cons - decisions can take weeks to make, some dependencies on other teams might be difficult to get done on time, hat's one of the biggest strengths of the company can be at times its weakness

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Microsoft

  1.  

    Still an amazing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming Writer/Technical Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Programming Writer/Technical Lead in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest people anywhere. Do meaningful work which if done excellently has a positive impact on almost every computer user in the world.

    Cons

    Most managers are great, however Microsoft's move up or move out strategy is flawed in that it takes great technical contributors and moves them up even if they lack the aptitude to work at that level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The up or out approach is very flawed. It has lead to some wonderful managers and some real stinkers. It has also turned some truly excellent technical contributors into some very poor managers. And cost excellent technical contributors who were "moved out" since they did not meet the bar to move up. The culture of Microsoft in 90's was the best work environment I have ever seen. The change over the following decade was remarkable. Many excellent people remain. The products remain the best. It is not "over" for the company as some pundits have claimed. But upper management would do well to consider past wins and what company culture and what personnel achieved them and see what they can do to return to that place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The place to be in WA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Exciting products and services, work on cutting edge technologies
    Company is very large and offers something for everyone

    Cons

    Health benefits are not as good as they used to be

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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