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Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test Reviews

Updated July 4, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1157 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Software Development Engineer in Test ( SDET)"

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    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to learning, friendly work environment and flexible work hours. Overall, it was a great experience working with Microsoft.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my work. No cons.

    Advice to Management

    Full-time employees treat contractors in a different way. This is one thing that has to be addressed to help create equal work environment.

  3. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All of i, great campus, colleagues and working conditions.

    Cons

    Some politics, not all is transparent.


  4. "Best company to work for"

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    Former Contractor - STE3/Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - STE3/Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Best culture in company.
    Very helpful manager and colleagues.
    I was working there as a vendor through CompuCom-Excell.

    Cons

    None that comes to my mind.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Senior SDET"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 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 year average.


  6. "SDET"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, great location, challenging work

    Cons

    A lot of middle management


  7. "Microsoft Review"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance in this company

    Cons

    limited personal growth potential for future

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Politics above work"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - You can get paid a lot to do nothing.
    - Nice facilities (some newer ones) and lots of amenities.
    - Decent engineers that get hired. Good ones leave within few years though.

    Cons

    - Politics pay more so if you learn bullying tactics and how to steal credit while shift all blame - you are better off than getting anything done.
    - Old/dated technology/tools: I have worked in 7 different positions there ranging from dev to test and realized in 5 years I am falling behind my development peers and had to leave despite ignoring politics and trying to do development.
    - middle management that insists on making decisions despite not knowing how work is done (they were busy playing politics)

    Advice to Management

    Empower engineers. Flip org chart on it's head and serve your engineers and help them get stuff done. They do the stuff you get paid for.


  9. "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


  10. "SDE"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people working around you.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people who wants to leave MS.