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Great company full of bright, passionate individuals that lacks the clear vision and cohesion to bring it all together.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

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

Pros

Being surrounded by bright and passionate individuals makes for a strong growth environment. The readiness of others to help makes this the best place I've ever worked!

Cons

Many "dinosaur" business groups *cough* Windows *cough* want to keep working the way they did when processors had only 1 core and sub-100mhz clock speeds. Times have changed and there are still a few BGs that hold on to the old way of doing things and won't push forward.

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    There's a lot of variation between teams, but when your on a good team you can have amazing impact while having fun.

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of different opportunities to learn and a lot of cool technology being built. There are many brilliant people to learn from, and many of the teams are well lead. Microsoft has a ton of cool technology and in most places has been opening up to external technologies as well. People are not afraid to take on big bets. Diversity is the norm and good teams leverage the different viewpoints in open and honest discussions. The work you do here can benefit millions of people.

    Cons

    The review system discourages high levels of collaboration (think shared space and pair programming) because it's a competitive fixed curve model based largely on breadth of ownership. Management varies in quality across teams and often great engineers are promoted to become poor managers. The strict model of the review system seems to reflect a lack of trust in the companies managers. Some teams are also stuck in the past in how they work, not understanding how to push quality upstream, iterate quickly, and focus on customer value.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the cut-throat review model. Reward teams that succeed. Invest in infrastructure for more collaboration to solve tough problems once the right way.


  2. Do your work. Get a paycheck. Get yourself a good manager and you'll get to do cooler stuff to get your paycheck.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    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

    Autonomy, work-life balance. Working for Windows is the nice stable gov't job of the tech industry.

    Cons

    It's not Google, Apple or Facebook. You're working for the boring tech company. You're unlikely to work on something that everyone is talking about. You may work on something that knowledge workers and businesses require to get work done and that's cool in it's own way, but it's probably not going to be the thing your friends are interested in and talking about. Tell someone you work for Windows and the first thing they'll ask will be about a bug that even you know sucks but we'll never even think about fixing because we're that removed from customer input.


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