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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, innovative work, optional work-life balance

    Cons

    Bonus may not be as competitive compared to Google/Facebook

  2. "Hard to imagine anything better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    High-end colleagues, cooperative environment, family-friendly

    Cons

    Undergoing market changes, quite demanding

    Advice to Management

    Clarity breeds happiness

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    "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Have individual office once staying in company for a a few years. Work life balance is good for most of the employee. Business is strong and devise.

    Cons

    Salary is not so competitive compared to other top IT companies.

  4. "Senior Software Development Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent compensation package. Abundant of great tools and resources to be effective at work.

    Cons

    Poor review system promotes mediocrity. Excellence in a team of all high performers will not be rewarded highly.

    Advice to Management

    While keeping healthy hiring rates for special programs, the turnover rates and growth(performance) rates of those hires should be evaluated as well.

  5. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Good working environment. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow promotion. Less salary compare to other company.

  6. "Senior Software Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Very stable, great benefits, huge variety of products to work on

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, lots of time spent on compliance, commute to Redmond

    Advice to Management

    Create a San Diego programming branch, cut a lot of chaff, many engineers are net negatives

  7. "Senior SDET"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work-life balance, people. If you are a hardcore coding SE then you will fit in perfectly.

    Cons

    Does not value the SDET career path at this time. Not a family oriented company now, few and disorganized family events.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the SDET to SE conversion, you need individuals that just get the "grunt work" done. Reconsider the family events, mandate that individual teams host multiple events if it is not possible to do company wide events. Non-Microsoft family members are the ones that support your great employees in this stressful, fast paced, demanding technical career. This might help retain more of your employees past the 3-5...

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  8. "Great options to move around and learn different technologies"

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

      I have been working at Microsoft

      Pros

      Switching teams, work life balance, benefits and respect. Good mangers most of the time and housing nearby is not crazy

      Cons

      Slow moving in certain organizations but that’s because of entrenched customer base. Not much else to complain about. Some older tech may not be valued outside

      Advice to Management

      Too many principal leveled engineers. Need to create room for others to grow.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Sr SDE"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      It all depends on the team you are part of. The work load is nice and perk like espp, 401k and medical benefits are better. But salary is on the low side compare to other seattle companies.

      Cons

      Politics, some people have lot of ego. Lots of levels. each title have at least 2 levels which sometimes make longer to get to senior even if you are working hard.

      Advice to Management

      remove 59, 61 and 64 level from the company.

    • "Senior Software Developer Engineer"

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

      I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Lot of teams to work at and with which are working on wide variety of technologies Very very smart engineers solving tough problems. Amazing work life balance The best benefits in the industry

      Cons

      Very top heavy company, need to figure out how to navigate red tape to get work done. Very slow release cycles

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