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OK, but the FUD around the CEO search isn't helping anyone

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

There are smart people to learn from, but this relies upon getting the right team.

Cons

* If you are not a developer, make sure you are working in a team which sees your role as an asset and not as an unnecessary roadblock
* Would advise waiting until the new CEO search is complete and the inevitably following re-orgs are completed. Anticipate a lot of people politicking in the next few months as the leadership changes

Disapproves of CEO

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    A great place to start your career.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering - Various in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering - Various in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great place to learn. smartest people i've ever known. the world has benefitted from their drive, passion, and determination.

    Cons

    also the most cunning, competitive people on the planet. They'll compete with anyone -- if another company is not available, they'll compete with one another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    push decisions down the stack. Let the people nearest the problem make the decisions. Once those decisions are made, try your best to trust those people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Changing for the better

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit, good compensation, started to change for the better. The silos are being brought down, started to embrace openness, started to fasten the pace, weakness and mistakes are openly admitted.

    Cons

    Out of date engineering practice, accumulated technical debt and compatibility baggage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 90% of PMs and 80% of tests.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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