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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Lots of opportunities if you can tolerate the culture and extreme workloads

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft Library - Access to resources - research data, journals, books, studies.
    Benefits - Medical, stock
    Smart people - there are a lot of really intelligent people with interesting backgrounds & experience
    Diversity - people from all over the world

    Cons

    Limited teamwork - people are rewarded for seeking credit as individuals, not teams. Internal competition is still fostered over teamwork. This creates suboptimal solutons. Even the 'collaboration' award has been awarded to an individual in the past few years.
    Self-promotion is critical to getting a good review - self-promotion is a virtue here; being humble wouldn't be a good career strategy.
    Culture to work fast and avoid input that might slow you down - even if it is input needed to improve the outcome. It is worse to deliver late than it is to deliver badly or to deliver an ineffective solution.
    Lack of effective leaders in many senior positions - success as a technician does not make for success as a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote teamwork, reward teamwork and recognize that better work happens in effective teams.
    Get rid of the current contingent staff model (both a- and v-) which cannot be achieving it's intended benefits. A different strategy for a contractor model could fix current issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. International Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at Microsoft is the health benfits package which is compelling in contrast to other corps.

    Cons

    One potential downside working at Microsoft can be the amount of red-tape politics, in conbination with carrot and stick management style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something that would really make a difference and perhaps re-invent Microsoft would be for it to Think Different, embrace change pro-activelly move beyond the typical catch up game and really lead the market.

    No opinion of CEO
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