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"The SDET role"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

-Benefits
-Cafeteria
-Good reputation

In general MS is a good place to work. The politics can sometimes be difficult to deal with, but once you learn the game it's not bad to navigate.

Cons

The biggest con at MSFT is the inability to move between teams. It also feels like there are too many levels of management.

Advice to Management

Flatten the reporting structure. Split SDET into two roles, test and development of tests. Change SDETs who write test to SDE. Allow easier transfer policies.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Decent place to hang your hat for a while"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has great brand recognition which makes it easier to call prospects
    Job stability
    Nice work/life balance
    Excellent Intranet with

    Cons

    The company is too big to feel any impact of what you are selling/doing
    Upper management is hard to connect with

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to get to know your employees - we actually have a pulse on the market place and can give you valuable feedback.


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    "Managers run amok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - You're generally surrounded by great minds most of the time
    - The company builds some truly great products
    - The employee benefits are the best in the industry
    - Free beverages :)

    Cons

    - Not a thought leader or a innovator in any segment of the industry except Operating Systems and the XBox, pretty much catch up everywhere.
    - Management has a disconcerting habit of wasting the companies money by making poor product and M&A decisions.
    - The work culture is very confrontational, which is hardly conducive to team work.
    - Review system is complicated and opaque. You never have any idea what they management is doing.
    - The place is led by managers, not Engineers anymore, and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 50% of the middle management, they are a waste of space and money. Build teams instead of forcing people to be at each other's throats all the time.

    Get rid of Ballmer, he's a poor CEO. Get some visionary who actually has ideas about where the company should be headed, not a number crunching follower.

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