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"Giant Company with Giant Mess"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

1. Some free drinks.
2. Good offices

Cons

1. Bad leadship. Reviewing system is so aweful that a lot of lower level ICs do not get credits.
2. Competitive working instead of collaborative working environments.
3. Politics: During reorganization, a lot of leads move with their managers and do not do much work at all. Dev manager get paid a lot with less work.

Advice to Management

Stop the stupid forced curve and bring back morality and creativeness.

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    "6 Years In..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but they're changing this year, so...

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    New review model is terrible and is causing high attrition among the more talented pool of employees

    Advice to Management

    Transition to a 1/4 review model
    Get rid of the current 1 - 5 system
    Stack ranking? In a group of 10 employees, one person is going to get a 5, no matter how good an employee he/she is.


  2. "It has been a challenging experience at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot opportunity to be found at Microsoft, since the company is in virtually every field of computing. The people are smart and friendly. You get to hear interesting talks from researchers and other notable personalities from inside and outside the company. The work is challenging and intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Working in a large company there is sometimes a lot of process involved in coordinating everyones efforts. This overhead can sometimes get in the way of work. However, newer teams are now adopting more agile methods of software development. Since everyone is smart, there is a lot of tough competition between colleagues to get rewards and promotions, and so you need to be prepared to work long hours to be successful.

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