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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Washington, DC

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

good management, decent progression, great technology

Cons

internal politics, all offices are not the same

Advice to ManagementAdvice

be more transparent and reachable

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Easy to do if you prefer not to work

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    People who are super smart and driven. An exclusive enclave of engineering folks, always challenging each other to improve. Of course, it takes time to find any diversity and as a female director you will be isolated.

    Cons

    Mid and upper levels have no clue what is going on and spend all their time in meetings. Building PowerPoint slides, discussing them endlessly, and debating the meaning of words. Meanwhile, decisions are made and pushed forward without first understanding the full impact, which thrashes all the people who actually perform real (non PowerPoint) work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop patting each other on the back and kidding each other. Eliminate managers and find out what's really going on.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great company, with a lot of cash but they don't know how to use it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a great company, and while working there I felt very proud to be part of it. The licensing/software side of the business, which is their cash cow is fantastic and a true example of what a company should do

    Cons

    For MS Advertising they had so many opportunities to be the #1, yet they managed to destroy value. They bought aQuantive for 6.4 billion dollars and they wrote it off last year, I find this amazing! You want them to do well..but management always screws it up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire media people, not tech people to run MS Advertising, give the subs full P&L control, make them accountable for the costs, not just the revenue. And don't let Redmond make all the decisions.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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