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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great company, Good work-life balance, competitive benefits and salaries. Company has a great culture of GIVING to the community.

Cons

Annual performance review is based on relative rating with your peers within your team and with your other peers across the teams. Since it is relative and the performance curve is forced, some % of people have to fall in all the buckets of rating(1,2,3,4,5). Due to this, peers don't help each other much which results in lack of team collaboration.

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  1. amazing

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Miami, FL

    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

    Business, capacity to create impact

    Cons

    Not flexible, time to market response

    Advice to Management

    don't lose the business innovation capability

  2. Great company to work for but challenging

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good (healthcare, life insurance, etc.)
    Perks are great (Company Store, Pro Club Membership, etc.)
    Really smart people

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is out of whack even though they are trying to fix it
    Long term planning needs help. Many projects are killed after a few years of existence.

    Advice to Management

    Encouraging risk-taking is great as long as people aren't slammed at review time.

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