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"I've been a software developer at Microsoft for 11 years."

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

It is geek heaven. You work with people who are as passionate as yourself about software development. The benefits are top of the line. If you perform well, you are rewarded well.

Cons

The review process is draining and if your manager doesn't fight for you, you might not earn the recognition you deserve.

Advice to Management

Be sure your direct reports understand what constitutes for success and then fight for them.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "17 year veteran"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * well-funded and mostly stable
    * industry leader and maker
    * intelligent, good people to work with
    * very good health care
    * free drinks

    Cons

    * no longer or not industry leading in most categories
    * projects not always tied to customer results (solutions without problems)
    * playing catch-u[p in cloud computing
    * poor management and leadership
    * company plays on the defensive

    Advice to Management

    The company has been too tame since the anti-trust trials. The company needs to get back to its roots of being aggressive: embrace and extend, and vigorous integration/bundling of technologies. Don't let the leadership in Windows and Office go unused as a platform.


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    "Good company to work for but lacking vision..."

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits that are truly 1st class when compared to other companies in the industry. There are lots of very smart/motivated folks working at the company and the new direction by the CEO seems to be promising.

    Cons

    With recent layoffs many folks left inside are afraid for their jobs and the future of the company both financially and direction. There is plenty of uncertainty about the future of the company.

    If you are in test then you should highly consider moving into a different role as the company as a whole seems to be getting rid of this function.

    Advice to Management

    Rip the band-aid off and finish the layoffs so folks inside can get past their concern. Come up with a vision that includes truly driving revenue and growth into the company and get the employees to buy-in.

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