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

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Pay well, job secure, stable.

Cons

more office politics. not customer focused!

Advice to Management

be customer focus!

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  1. A great place to work if you are competitive

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    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work on products that are very well known and used by millions.

    Cons

    Annual reviews are based on a curve. Even if everyone is an all-star, someone is not getting a bonus, stock, or merit raise.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the curve from annual reviews.

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    Finance and Operations

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good recruiting team to get you into the door.

    Cons

    Terrible on boarding process for new hires.
    If you have a lousy bosses will put you at a huge disadvantage when it comes to calibration and forced ranking for year end reviews.
    If you are in finance best to avoid. Skills and experience none transferable.
    Calibration process had finance being ranked against levels in sales, development and IT. That is a situation that a finance person will lose.
    Most toe company line so do not be a disruptor or bring in new ideas from the outside that might hurt the Redmond bubble.
    Need to be good at politics.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get remove most of management. Slow and stale.

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