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Great people and company Poor Management decisions

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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 for more than 5 years

Pros

When you have a good team and a great manager, one of the best places to work in the world. Amazing benefits and job security. There are many challenging products, and with the right teams, great recognition.

Cons

If you have a poor team, or a poor manager, things can be rough. Slow promotions, mediocre reviews, favoritism, the grind. all of the worst things of software development.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find people who are dedicated to understanding who their employees are what drives them, and cultivating them. Do not force someone into a position due to business needs. More good people have left MSFT due to management than due to better oppertunities

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Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Very good except two things: weather of Redmond and absence of the manager for 3 weeks out of my 12 weeks internship.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart and helpful people, good salary, job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Many employees are still suffering from waterfall practices of software devlopment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the manager and mentors take OOF or leave of absence during the summer internships.

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    Fast pace and slow strategy

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very smart people
    International career opportunities
    Fantastic benefits
    Very solid company values
    Diversity is emphasized

    Cons

    Can be very political
    Analysis paralysis - decision making is sometimes slow and risk adverse
    Review system is archaic and can lead to counterproductive behavior
    Genuine cross-teamwork is hard to find
    Overall, it feels very much like a large and slow corporation, although there are pockets of agility and nimble product development, go to market and sales approaches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the culture to drive more creativity and faster decision making
    Drop the current review system - has tons of issues
    Look at smaller startups for clues on how to modernize and refresh the corporate culture
    Reenergize the partner channel

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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