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Microsoft Redmond Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Principal Software Engineering Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large impact in the product teams given the big users base.

    Cons

    Still a mix of old and new culture and changes can be painful.

    Advice to Management

    The combined engineering role - merged dev and test - still needs work. infrastructure debt and the effort to turn the crank on legacy products is difficult and not getting better.


  2. "Solid experience"

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    Former Contractor - Business Development in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Business Development in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is manageable with expectations mostly realistic. Work is a challenge, yet rewarding both financially and professionally. Meals are good. Campus is lovely

    Cons

    Priority to get things done fast means outsourcing wherever and whenever it seems cheaper and more efficient--despite diminished quality of work and a loss of efficiency in the long run.

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    "Great fit!"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people, fun jobs, great opportunities for learning, ability to move aroundA network and meet new people; Fun new technologies to learn from

    Cons

    Very political particularly amongst men; could be a difficult place if you're not part of the gang, diversity and inclusion is a real issue and the men that don't include women appear to get away with it and have no problem

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to diversity rather than just advertise and highlight, make or real and hold leaders at all levels accountable


  4. "Country club life"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Don't need to work hard :)

    Cons

    Other companies ignore you after several years with Microsoft


  5. "Country club with nice benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good health benefits and 401k
    - Space to grow

    Cons

    - Comp not competitive
    - Lazy coworkers not pulling their weight


  6. "Software Development Engineer - II"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work.

    Cons

    I don't find any throughout my career here.


  7. "Good depending on what you are l"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with other smart people
    - Great access to cool technologies
    - Good rewards
    - There are some really great teams

    Cons

    - Up and out mentality when review's are evaluated on most teams, leads to a politics and
    - Work/Life balance are just words
    - Too much politics in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    More transparency is required.

  8. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Despite the public opinion, you feel there is always an effort for innovative stuff.

    Cons

    Too much focus on specific areas (ML/AI)


  9. "PM Intern"

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    Current Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and benefits!
    Seattle is a good city and campus is really nice.

    Cons

    Redmond is far from downtown Seattle.


  10. "You got to know your goal"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of learning opportunities; Tons of really really smart engineers; Tons of opportunities for innovation

    Cons

    Super tight policy for product release (can be a Pro in the long run) , but if you are looking for some position that allow your new product to hit the market within a few days, or weeks, you may find it a bit harder compared to smaller size companies.

    Advice to Management

    Some snacks for your hard working coders?


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