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14 years at Microsoft, 3 US locations

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Sales Manager
Former Employee - Sales Manager

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

outstanding benefits, fair pay, smart people, challenging work that contstantly changes (keeps it interesting). Opportunity to try several different roles without changing companies

Cons

Company is not a small company anymore - lots of red tape and politics to get anything done Lay-offs that really don't make sense

Advice to Management

don't be afraid to cut the dead weight be strategic about lay-offs - it's expensive to lay people off and then hire them back again a few months later

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    Support Engineer

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Customer service skill can improve

    Cons

    Work pressure is much high than other IT

    Advice to Management

    work and life balance


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    It's mostly a clash of egos

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a congregation of really smart people. You get to learn a lot. You get to contribute a lot as well

    Cons

    There is nothing like a employee allowed to work on his/her interests. I often found myself stealing time to learn something new and found my manager thinking that I am avoiding work. It's a hard time for you trying to grow professionally. Also, there is always a clash of egos between developers and SDETs on same level. I always see myself fighting to convince that I am as technical or more technical than the developers since I keep feeling every step of the way that I am being treated as an inferior corporate citizen.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't see a way out with the way thing work in this company. It's hard to change culture in the company this old and this big.


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