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Updated October 25, 2018
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  • "They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility" (in 2336 reviews)

  • "Smart people (more at HQ than the field)" (in 1814 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great pay. Get to work on products used by millions. Microsoft as a company is very inclusive and encourages giving back.

    Cons

    Depending on your team, your work-life balance might be an issue. Sometimes around releases there are long hours and pressure to get things done.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great company and now it’s average"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fun work associates, learning opportunities everywhere

    Cons

    Political environment, feeling of stability but can be cut anytime, people can have ego issues

    Advice to Management

    Find that magic that made Microsoft special; it’s currently gone.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have big impact.
    Opportunity to work with brilliant people.
    Opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

    Cons

    Old review model forced unfair review and compensation.
    Review model supports unbalanced work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the need to force reviews to fit a particular curve or distribution. In other words, there can be a team of all superstars.


  6. "Best company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    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


  7. "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.

  8. "Sorry To Leave"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Great Environment. Room for Advancement.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful at times.


  9. "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


  10. "Microsoft Review"

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    • Senior Management
    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