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"Overall a good place to be"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Washington, DC
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good people to work with
Managers who tried to help my career (not always skilled at doing so)
Good work life balance
a chance to work on products that many people will use

Cons

very Redmond centric, I was at a small office and we were less important
too much overhead, too few developers managed by too many
you have to sell yourself and your accomplishments to get ahead

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, unrealistic work loads"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, interesting people. Campus has lots of amenities (walking/jogging paths, recreation opportunities, good food at reasonable prices in the cafeterias, espresso stands in most buildings). Great place for young, energetic people to start a career.

    Cons

    Most groups put an unrealistic work load on employees. There is usually a lot of pressure to work long hours and produce more, more, more. I was actually in a group that required a minimum of 50 hours per week from each employee. That's a lot of time if you have a family or life outside of work. I burned out and I wasn't the only one. I've seen several people have breakdowns or develop physical symptoms from the pressure. I finally decided I couldn't take it any more and left before my health could be further compromised. Good thing they offer excellent medical benefits -- if only the employees had time to make it to a doctor's appointment.

    Advice to Management

    People who are well rested and aren't worried about neglecting their families = better employees. Microsoft talks the talk about work/life balance, but doesn't walk the walk.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Technical and skillful in resolving issues"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) III in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) III in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well organized, resourceful, full of talented peoples around you, lots to from from.

    Cons

    Too much politics, seems work for survival of the group not for the good of product, company,

    Advice to Management

    Change culture, don't let appearance in the surface fool you.

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