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"Awesome experience, recommend to all. Satisfied overall."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great company culture & work/life balance

Cons

Lags a bit behind Apple

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "A great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (including the new Health Plan) and pay. As a large company, there are many opportunities for advancement in a role, and moving to different roles is encouraged. You'll work with some of the smartest and most talented people you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    A highly competitive and political environment. While this breeds hard work, being stack-ranked against your teams and peers creates an environment where self-promotion becomes the road to advancement, encouraging employees focus less on what employees could accomplish as a team, and more on setting themselves up each year to sell what they've done as an individual. Work-life balance is generally not possible if you wish to succeed.


  2. "Marquee company, great technology, people management is their downfall"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Services
    Former Employee - Services
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a fantastic employer 5 to 10 years ago. The cutting edge as far as working with Microsoft technology. Relatively good opportunity to do different roles. Compensation is good and so are benefits (see cons). Diverse work force, Engage with the fortune 500. I was and am extremely proud t have worked there.

    Cons

    Major negative shift in management and culture. Almost a culture of fear. Stack ranking is horrible and had resulted in a CYA way of internal relationships. PDM model is horrible and they make of break your career with appearance of "metrics". Do not expect any help if you have challenges - not a supportive culture, here-say can do you in. Work life balance is marketed but a joke. Benefits have eroded while more demands placed. The job will burn you out.

    Advice to Management

    Do some soul searching and see why your people are leaving or driven out by mediocre middle management. PDM model is broken and some PDMs rule by fear and intimidation.


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