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"Great place to learn and grow your career. But complex org to navigate."

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great opportunities, challenging work, smart people, resources to invest in doing the right work.

Cons

Matrix organization can make it difficult to move projects forward when trying to build consensus across so many. Too easily silo'd into one area or domain of work when you want to grow your span of influence.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Learn good software engineering practices, and then rethink about your career."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will be working with some of the smartest people if you are in the right group here. You will have an opportunity to learn so much about software engineering. Good facilities and perks.

    Cons

    Too big a company and too many re-orgs. It hampers an individual contributor's growth. You will be learning Microsoft technologies a lot. These doesn't help if you look for opportunities outside Microsoft. You will basically be a person who knows only about Microsoft technologies and nothing about open source technology stack. A Microsoft engineer might not be that highly regarded in other big companies simply because of the technologies learnt while in Microsoft.
    Another issue is that you will be as good as your lead projects you in front of everyone else. So if your lead doesn't like you, you are screwed. This lead might not be the one who interviewed you and hired you because of re-org. So basically it is something like you interviewed for team A, but when you join, because of re-orgs you end up working for team B and totally different person who you did not meet during the interview time.
    Another thing is SDET career is not good at all. Anyone who joins as SDET is just wasting career here.

    Advice to Management

    Less re-orgs please. Review the management.


  2. "Great Place to Work, Challenging with Good Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on some of the most impactful products and have a lot of autonomy. The company really lets you define your work/life balance well.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be too little willingness to take risks and a bit too much bureaucracy


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