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"Short but valuable experience"

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Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Wrocław (Poland)
Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Wrocław (Poland)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Chance to work with very skilled people, challenging projects, focus on technical self development, chance to work on high visibility projects, great work atmosphere, free soft drinks in the office

Cons

unreasonable management decisions, frequent necessity of maintenance of old legacy code, limited possibilities for influencing product development

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Working with microsoft is awesome !!"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and working environment.
    Also branding is biggest factor.

    Cons

    Working environment and Salary is mind blowing.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot, developed a lot. Great company to work for a number of years."

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few pros:
    1-Very professional work force molds you into representing yourself the best way you can in your future career.
    2-Fast paced and a lot of challenges, teaches you a lot on the job.
    3-Fun teams with casual environment, great relationships and lifelong friendships.
    4-Flexible work schedule, no set business hours and face time required as long as deliverables are hit.
    5-Compensation and Benefits are second to none (but comes with the extra hours)

    Cons

    1-Work Life Balance is a focus area for the company, but almost impossible to maintain a workweek less than 50-60+ hours, or you will not be regarded as a hard working employee. Nighttime work is the norm. It is about how late can you stay up and still show up at work in the morning.
    2-Very tough review system, everyone is smart and start playing games to get ahead of each other. Some people get unfair reviews if they are managing up or spend significant amount of time on office politics
    3-Random firedrills are a culture, being planful is almost penalized, as plans do not stick and you end up spending all the time to be proactive and planful and not getting the benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Change the Review System, it is emotionally draining and creates more than necessary competition among employees. May have been great during start up years, not effective with large number of employees.
    Beware of office politics and reward people for good work, not by who they report to or know.

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