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Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Be prepared to learn a lot from very experienced developers in the company. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship there and the people there are very welcoming of me.

Cons

Big corporation problems and limited cohesiveness with other partner team.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good for the first 4-5 years, afterwords look elsewhere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * The people you work with are typically A game people who know their stuff
    * Decent benefits
    * Beverage service has a lot of variety
    * Morale events are usually pretty decent
    * No cubicle farms--you have your own office
    * VPN access means it's possible to work remotely

    Cons

    * Review process canibalizes way too much, is pretty pointless (rankings are established long before the "formal review") and is destructive to the product groups
    * Other engineers are not afraid to throw you under the bus to get ahead--things can get very cut throat
    * A LOT of reinventing the wheel goes on, and teams are too afraid to look to external companies for solutions/tools
    * Health insurance is no longer the best in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * You need to scrap the current review process--stack ranking also causes you to lose too many good engineers
    * Don't be myopic when it comes to finding technologies to solve problems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Excellence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Database Expert/Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Database Expert/Architect in Houston, TX

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Process oriented, Open minded, Drive for excellence

    Cons

    nothing that I know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing that I know of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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