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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to be but..."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, nice people, challenging environment

    Cons

    No feeling of security - all groups trying to downscale vendors


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture and the people around me are generally nice however there are certain times when the stress is high that things go wrong.

    Cons

    at certain times things can get frustrating and things tend to heat up which leads to some arguments.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the yearly evaluation or change it in some way or shape because people become everly political when it comes around.

  3. "Amazing place to work"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Cross Team movement
    Great respect for employees
    Smart people around.
    Redmond is great affordable place to live.

    Cons

    If you want something more different look at venture funded startups as soon after the series-A close as possible. There will be more room for you to do things "beyond your pay grade" at a big company and less for negative politics.

    Advice to Management

    Politics is everywhere, its just a matter of how much of it is visible to you (and how much you are interested in seeing it). The only way not to get involved in politics is by only associating with your work, and not get involved in anything that is not directly related to your work.


  4. "Software Development Engineer in Test 2"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Benefits, great people, challenging work, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Test environment is becoming less hands on the product and more big data analysis. While this is challenging and interesting, this is not what I enjoyed about testing at Microsoft in the past. Benefits, while still extremely competitive, are slowly being cut. Work life balance, while talked about a lot, is more about the work side.


  5. "Great Company"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with good opportunities for growth. I would highly recommend a long term career here.

    Cons

    Work life balance is always difficult to achieve, but doable. Also, the company evolves over time, which can be a little stressful.


  6. "Good benefits - rest depends on group and lead"

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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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With it being such a large company if you don't like your current job you can just find another without the hassle of moving to a new company.
    Big company with lots of resources make for lots of perks
    Most groups allow a good bit of flex in working hours.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management end up wasting time and energy
    Doesn't take new ideas on how to do things easily

    Advice to Management

    Work on freeing up employees to innovate. Microsoft has a great resource of brilliant people that just need to be empowered to innovate


  7. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, Luxurious insurance coverage !

    Cons

    Red tape evident for a company this big and old.

  8. "SDE 2"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ocean of technology, good to learn and work.

    Cons

    No easy to switch to other teams you want to work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "All spectrum of management - from crap to super stars"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have joined as a L59 and left an L61.
    Big PROS are:
    - (if you're lucky) having a good manager who can guide you up the career ladder and broaden your horizons
    - smart-ass people. You CAN learn every day, if you want to learn.
    - good compensation benefits (until idiots who dialed 911 just for a simple scratch forced MS into introducing co-payments for benefits).

    Cons

    - idiot managers. there are still lots of living FOSSILS who are in management positions just because they've been there for 10+ years. All my last manager was doing is still trying to write a powerpoint presentation from time to time, organize weekly meetings, and (most irritating) reminding me to mark my time off whenever I was out. I asked her what to do when I debug stuff until midnight and she didn't know what to tell me.
    MS could fire half of its managers and there would not be a difference in engineering process/deliverables.
    - "russian rullette" people mention online - you really don't know when you will be fired. Yes, you don't know WHEN, because they fire in such a way so that a pattern can not be established.
    - the "curve". Not sure if it's still there, but having to find 5% of people to fire based on performance was a bit bad, given the strive to only hire the best. The result was dumber new hires than the people fired.
    - after 6 years in the company the new hires were offered more than I had. Same level.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the intermediate managers. Enforce a "lead by EXAMPLE" mentality, not lead by how much time someone has been rotting in the office.
    Also, eliminate bureaucracy. There should be none in an IT company.


  10. "MSFT - no longer the fun company it once was"

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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Expected to work 50-60 hr weeks. Often with little acknowledgement while others getting credit. Annual review process is completely unfair as everyone gets stack ranked against peers and then forced into a bell curve. This then distributes merit and bonus accordingly. Doing one's job function flawlessly may still result in a below par review. Upward mobility and rewards are often extremely political. Bonus scales are ridiculously tipped to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Increase QA and ship quality instead of rushing things out the door.