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"Great Internship Program"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

The great thing about working at Microsoft as an SDET intern is that they give you "real-world" work to do, on projects that matter. You are also highly compensated for your work.

Cons

It's a large corporation, so many times you get bogged down by bureaucracy. You also always don't get to completely choose what you want to do when you start.

Advice to Management

Let new employees have more freedom to truly explore what they want to do, so it can benefit everyone in the long run.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not a happy/healthy culture due to built-in competitive review process, inconsistent leadership quality"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, lots of capital to invest in long-term projects, many smart people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    The bell-curve approach to assigning review scores that Microsoft uses is designed to promote competition. In reality though, especially on a team of top-performers, the folks on the left side of the curve end up feeling more dis-couraged than en-couraged to compete. Creating a competitive culture where employees must stand out relative to their peers can negatively impact teamwork & cooperation as well since those seeking a good review will spend extra effort trying to get noticed for *their* contributions. This flies in the face of advice given by renouned leadership gurus Dale Carnegie & Stephen Covey--ironically, training/books that Microsoft provides to its employees.

    Another downside I've noticed is that the company places a very high value on raw intelligence but a lot less value on leadership, management ability and human relations. Perhaps less so now than in the past, but still Microsoft has many managers who were previously programmers who ended up in management due more to their seniority than their suitability as managers/leaders. If you work for one of these managers, your career can suffer, especially if there are better managers whose employees are getting better career advice/support/internal PR, etc. within the group you're measured against.

    Advice to Management

    Read the books in your own library on leadership & human relations. Take Dale Carnegie Training. Stop pitting good employees against each other in the review process. Focus on creating a culture of true teamwork & DIScourage people who toot their own horn for acknowledgement.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Development Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to lot of areas
    Working with smart people
    Ability to move around the company
    Very good benefits for health and dental

    Cons

    Too big
    Too many senior people
    Hard to move once at a senior role
    No salary increment
    Tuition benefits not much

    Advice to Management

    Good exposure to lot of areas
    Working with smart people
    Ability to move around the company
    Very good benefits for health and dental

    Too big
    Too many senior people
    Hard to move once at a senior role
    No salary increment
    Tuition benefits not much

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