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Great place to learn disciplined and structured software engineering, but can be too much structured.

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great benefits. The salary and benefits are quite competitive. Chance to work with some quite talented engineers. Broad product range provide flexibility to work on different areas based on interest.

Cons

Engineering at some teams (especially older) can become too structured sometimes. There is not much room for innovation, and the rigid requirements can make the work feel boring sometimes. Hard to make significant contributions at the junior levels.

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Allow some room for innovation and part time projects to retain talented people, especially at the beginner levels.

Recommends
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    portfolio breadth for consumers, developers, SMBs and the enterprise across industry's most comprehensive software stack, cloud services, devices, professional services and support

    Cons

    playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. culture too inwardly focused. too much time on internal meetings at the expense of deeply knowing and serving customers and partners. command-and-control governance dramatically impacts agility. courageous change agents and risk takers find it extremely difficult to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No placeholder CEO. Instead hire and fully empower CEO to transform company starting with the culture. Create environment for innovation, risk taking and fast failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    What an amazing company to work for !

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Technology Specialist (ATS)  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Washington, DC

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great technology, good pay, among the best health benefits, and very smart co-workers. I worked for Microsoft in its heyday and it will be the greatest company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    In the past 5 years or so Microsoft has become a revenue focused company with licensing being the primary objective of customer interactions & employee measurement.

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    In the EPG space your people and their relationships with Enterprise customers are your most valuable asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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