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Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

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

Pros

Good benefits, strong infrastructure support, still some good people.

Cons

I recently left the company, after over a decade, and wish that I had done it much sooner. There is far too much middle-management, all hoping to get their name in lights, and backstabbing others along the way. The management structure and the review system both strongly contribute to an inability to innovate, and be truly proud of making a difference in the industry. Strong benefits aside, there are much, much better places to spend your creative energy, and be equally recompensed. The company used to be known as "MICROSOFT", and now they are simply another company.

Advice to Management

My advice to "management" is to reduce yourself...stop giving yourself top 10% reviews simply because you change project names mid-stream, and find a job that you can truly add value to the industry in.

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  1. Review of Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are still generous. Good work-life balance: It's a 9 to 5 company

    Cons

    Total bureaucracy. What matters is who you know, not what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being MS-centric


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    Really boring place. No spirit.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    I have excellent Benefits. I haven't had a single health care expense since starting, no premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. The legal benefit is excellent

    Cons

    Not much work life balance. It's not a fun place. Everyone is competing against each other. I don't think my accomplishments are always noted.

    Advice to Management

    You haven't done a very good job valuing my accomplishments. I sometimes feel there is some degree of cultural bias when it comes to reviews and promotions. You are constantly playing catch up to competitors. Try to get ahead of the curve.


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