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Great Internship Program

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

Cons

It's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

Advice to Management

Let new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Not a happy/healthy culture due to built-in competitive review process, inconsistent leadership quality

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, lots of capital to invest in long-term projects, many smart people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    The bell-curve approach to assigning review scores that Microsoft uses is designed to promote competition. In reality though, especially on a team of top-performers, the folks on the left side of the curve end up feeling more dis-couraged than en-couraged to compete. Creating a competitive culture where employees must stand out relative to their peers can negatively impact teamwork & cooperation as well since those seeking a good review will spend extra effort trying to get noticed for *their* contributions. This flies in the face of advice given by renouned leadership gurus Dale Carnegie & Stephen Covey--ironically, training/books that Microsoft provides to its employees.

    Another downside I've noticed is that the company places a very high value on raw intelligence but a lot less value on leadership, management ability and human relations. Perhaps less so now than in the past, but still Microsoft has many managers who were previously programmers who ended up in management due more to their seniority than their suitability as managers/leaders. If you work for one of these managers, your career can suffer, especially if there are better managers whose employees are getting better career advice/support/internal PR, etc. within the group you're measured against.

    Advice to Management

    Read the books in your own library on leadership & human relations. Take Dale Carnegie Training. Stop pitting good employees against each other in the review process. Focus on creating a culture of true teamwork & DIScourage people who toot their own horn for acknowledgement.


  2. Secure, Impactful, and Engaging

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Opportunity to guide overall product investment direction
    * Respected role in the organization
    * Insight into business decisionmaking apparatus
    * Impacts millions of customers worldwide
    * Opportunity to manage world class people

    Cons

    * No direct influence over engineering
    * Lack of organizational commitment to innovation
    * Unpredictable shifts in management focus
    * Hours can be long

    Advice to Management

    * Set a clear and simple mission
    * Rather than waiting for a business to prove out before plunging, take risks
    * Focus on innovation, rather than ways to make money


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