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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent environment with work/life balance."

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Comprehensive healthcare Work on software that's used by millions Work/life balance is good - 40 hours is the norm. Free drinks Nice buildings - not uncommon for entry level employees to get their own office.

    Cons

    Development cycle can be slow. Performance review process is long and can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of stack ranking for performance reviews.

    Microsoft2012-08-16
  2. "SDE"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good compensation good work life balance

    Cons

    Depends on the manager , sometimes he is really biased and can give a bad review even when worked hard

    Microsoft2014-07-07
  3. "Lots of Indian, Russian and Chinese groups."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, stock options, free stuff

    Cons

    There are lots of Indian, Chinese and Russian groups. They are friends from collage or somewhere else and protect each other. They talk in their language and other people cannot understand what they are talking about. Some of them are really smart but some of them does nothing but browsing the internet all the day. You know you are smarter and deserve that role more than that guy but you are not Russian! so it is impossible...

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    Advice to Management

    Do not let more than two people from the same country in the same group.

    Microsoft2013-05-03
  4. "It wasn't for me"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had great job security, I worked on impactful products that people know about and use, the salary and benefits were great. I felt I was able to have a life and not live at the office.

    Cons

    It's a bureaucratic organization where it is hard to innovate. In many cases, bad management decisions result in poor products being released that don't necessarily provide the user with any benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees more freedom to create their own role.

    Microsoft2012-12-11
  5. "Lovely company, but I had a terrible time"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people They take care of all legal matters

    Cons

    Stack rank system is terrible My manager was terrible I was put into a team very different from what I really wanted, and this was done without my knowledge. I had no choice.

    Microsoft2012-11-17
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, good benefits, great work/life, bad everything else"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. Not the best in the business, but definitely above average. Same with the benefits. They really shine with the work/life balance. 40 hour work weeks are the norm (while at other companies its typically closer to 50 or even 60). I also have to commend Microsoft for being very charitable, community-focused, and progressive. They match charitable donations up to $12,000, sponsor volunteer events...

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    Cons

    The culture is very much "show up so you can get paid". Around 10% of the people here are passionate about their work, the other 90% just show up and may as well not even exist. Good code design, actually getting things done, and doing them correctly aren't priorities - management puts all of its emphasis on the concept of "visibility". I like to describe it as being the loudest, most obnoxious person in the room: screaming...

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    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Be a *leader* rather than a follower. Microsoft is one of the most profitable companies in the world - it can afford to take risks (and I don't mean buying companies for 2-50x market value). It also doesn't need hundreds of thousands of employees. Cut the dead weight.

    Microsoft2012-09-08
  7. "all new game wont release before it tested by us"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    i loved game too much so i'd like to make sure that the game which release may liked by the gamers

    Cons

    most of my day is wasted in the lab. test the all new game which created by some software corporation

    Advice to Management

    don't be afraid to have a dream and be consistent to make your dreams come true

    Microsoft2012-07-20
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of politics and passive aggressive behavior"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable, and there are some changes to excel. For top employees, there is a high potential program, which can open up many doors for other jobs within the company. If you are a technical person, there is a lot of opportunity to network and meet other bright people.

    Cons

    The stock is not going to go up in value, and the company is not going to grow bigger than it is, and you should not expect your stock value to increase. Many people have the false illusion that Microsoft is still on the top, and that they are there to stay. There are also a lot of politics, and perception games being played. It is very important that you get an emotional/technical attachment to your dev manager AND the...

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    Advice to Management

    You have to fix this. Decisions at Microsoft usually do not have a general focus, and the architects don't do anything but waste money.-- You should fire these people.

    Microsoft2012-07-15
  9. Helpful (2)

    "No longer a good company to work for after Bill Gates left"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - mature development and test environment. Follow standard software dev process (e.g. agile) - good work environment. - stay with cutting edge technologies daily - Good medicare benefits.

    Cons

    - Too many akward mid-level management. They are not productive and simply show up on all kinds of meetings daily. - Performance review system is broken. Those hard worker didn't get rewarded and got piss off on their communication skills. It results in many employees leaving the company in the recent years. - Overhire in the past 10 years. It started to lay-off in year 2009 and expects to have more manage out in...

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    Advice to Management

    It is true that MS has too many redudant staffs which make the company inefficient. MS should get rid of 1/2 of the mid-level management and value the individual contributors who are doing the actual work.

    Microsoft2010-05-19
  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Hyderābād
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    compensation, people, work is great

    Cons

    MSIT not good. dev teams are awesome

    Microsoft2013-07-27
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