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"Not a place to grow your career"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good pay/benefits
Good brand name
Ability to work on cutting edge consumer products before they are released in the market

Cons

Highly political work environment. After working for over an year, you will realize that brilliance alone won't get you through going on to the next level.

Managers highly advocate the concept of independent work rather than team work. I've had one manager asking other team members to not help me in my work so that I start working independently (really ??).

Bad performance review system - Stack ranking is fine. But there is a concept of being visible across teams. Doing well and exceeding expectations in your team isn't enough. You need to be able to impress managers in other teams to get a better rating / promotions during annual performance calibrations.

Very high turnover (in this office specifically) - Mainly due to the internal politics and the review system. The other thing is management will make you work those extra hours when people leave or when other teams lose resources. But don't expect to get rewarded for working those extra hours. Those activities do not fall in the category of being visible across other teams.

Work/life balance - Management keeps discussing about this every year during the MS Polls if the results are bad. I haven't seen any concrete steps in this direction, atleast till i worked there.

Skill set development - If you are working as an SDET, it might be a bit difficult to develop skill sets which are marketable outside. Most of the tools/technologies used are internal to microsoft and hardly any are used outside microsoft, except C# / .NET

Underskilled managers - MS needs to do some work on hiring good managers. Some of them are just there based on the amount of years spent in the company and may not be good at coaching ICs. If you get a good manager, you might be in luck and may have a better experience working here.

Advice to Management

Put a new review system in place
Allow more easier movement across teams
Hire good managers. Teach them what team work is.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "If you're not a "native" MSFT employee, not so great. My company was acquired by Microsft"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of resources.

    Cons

    If you are not considered one of "their own", you are not treated that well, even if your talents or skills are better than some MSFT employees. Seemingly lots of opportunties to move within the company, but it's not that easy and you pretty much have to know other people on other teams to make that happen.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing big company with lots of big company problems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Your other employees are bright, enthusiastic and driven to change the world. Benefits and perks are outstanding, including healthcare, time off with pay, software discounts, pay scales and bonuses.

    Cons

    Review model makes this a place where only the most agressive and competitive can suceeed.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the review model.

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