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"Great place to learn disciplined and structured software engineering, but can be too much structured."

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Mountain View, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits. The salary and benefits are quite competitive. Chance to work with some quite talented engineers. Broad product range provide flexibility to work on different areas based on interest.

Cons

Engineering at some teams (especially older) can become too structured sometimes. There is not much room for innovation, and the rigid requirements can make the work feel boring sometimes. Hard to make significant contributions at the junior levels.

Advice to Management

Allow some room for innovation and part time projects to retain talented people, especially at the beginner levels.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Change or Fade"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    portfolio breadth for consumers, developers, SMBs and the enterprise across industry's most comprehensive software stack, cloud services, devices, professional services and support

    Cons

    playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. culture too inwardly focused. too much time on internal meetings at the expense of deeply knowing and serving customers and partners. command-and-control governance dramatically impacts agility. courageous change agents and risk takers find it extremely difficult to survive.

    Advice to Management

    No placeholder CEO. Instead hire and fully empower CEO to transform company starting with the culture. Create environment for innovation, risk taking and fast failures.


  2. "Couldn't ask for more..."

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    Current Employee - Principal Test Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Test Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Able to work on well established software used worldwide or on small startup projects yet to be used by anyone. Opportunity to shift career across technologies and functional disciplines and limited only by your own imagination and drive. Each day you learn something new about and from one of your amazing coworkers from all over the world.

    Cons

    Outside perception within the industry about what Microsoft is all about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to enable the fantastic folks that work with and around you and continue to celebrate innovation and delivery of high value customer scenarios. Demand the type of continuous improvement from each of the divisions that we all expect and let our customers know the range of scenarios that we can light up for them and that we care about their business.

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