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"Microsoft is still a great place to work, especially if you are looking for career growth!"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Issaquah, WA
Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Issaquah, WA
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Pros

The best reasons to work at Microsoft are that you get to work with a group of exceptionally talented and motivated people, you have almost limitless career growth, and you will always be working with the latest and greatest technology that is available. Senior management is very competent and will give you feedback on a regular basis that you can use for personal as well as professional development. The people you meet in the hallway usually seem happy to be there (minus the guys that are late to their meetings and coding on their laptops while trying to hit the right elevator buttons) and you can almost always strike up a good conversation with someone interesting at lunch (we're not all antisocial nerds, well at least not all the time =P)
If you are a fresher like myself, I have found the environment to be very nurturing yet at the same time there is plenty of challenge so you will feel proud of your work when you are done. At my previous company when management said I did a good job on a project I just shrugged it off, but when someone says you're doing a good job at Microsoft it is really something to be proud of!!

Cons

The downsides are that sometimes you will put in long hours if you are close to release in the software development lifecycle. Occasionally I hear about people having incompetent middle manager/leads which I believe is partly due to the "if you can code, you can manage" philosophy. If this happens be diplomatic about it, give feedback to your leads and senior managers and remember that sometimes they are still learning too. Also, as a downside to having high career growth you can be put in a situation where they will give you more responsibility than you asked for. This is great for experience but it can be stressful if you are not used to it. The way I see it, that is just part of the training and what is life without a little challenge anyway?

Advice to Management

Theres a lot of back scratching going on in here! Also, morale events really do boost morale, lets have more of those =P

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Come join the best company on earth!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career progress is very important
    Lots of manuverability

    Cons

    Compensation could be better (really)

    Advice to Management

    Stock awards over three years is better than five


  2. "Time to wake up Microsoft!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent benefit package with one of the best health care plans
    - Work life balance is valued highly
    - Opportunity to work in a wide vareity of product groups focussed on cutting edge technologies
    - Great location (Seattle, Bellevue, Sammamish) to live and raise a family

    Cons

    - Large organisation and politically saavy employees find it easier to scale the promotion ladder
    - Underdog in some of the hottest technologies like services and mobile phone technolgy

    Advice to Management

    - Increase programs to identify and nuture younger talent
    - Decrease the size of the organisational pyramid and remove underperforming middle management layer
    - Increase speed to market for newer technolgies by better integrating product groups and R&D divisions.


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