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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.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Leveling off

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
    Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
    Still many smart people.
    Best research lab in the world.

    Cons

    Political
    Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
    Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
    Nepotism at high levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO.
    Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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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