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Microsoft may be for you

Senior Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA (US)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsMicrosoft is extremely professional and mature when it comes to software development. If you want to know how to really make software, this is where you want to work. Also, if you plan to have any kind of health issues, ever, you want to work here as well. The health benefits are gold plated. And the chances for advancement are good (up to senior level).

ConsIf you are not on the software development track you might not have the most fun in the world. Testers often try to move over to software development. And PMs seem to change quite frequently. So some jobs are better than others there. Also, once you reach the senior level it is very, very hard to move up to the next level (architect). Some groups don't even have an architect assigned to them, so you may never rise above senior level (I certainly couldn't). Finally, the cafeteria food is not that great.

Advice to Senior ManagementAfter having tried living in a Java world, I just don't see how people can live with all the random open source stuff that literally does not work. When you develop in a Microsoft environment it all works. There is simply no comparison. But somehow you guys lost out the mindshare to every single developer I've ever met outside of Microsoft. Your development environment can cost $10,000! Haven't you figured out by now that people want their dev tools to be free. And people will put up with non-functioning crap in order to get that price of free. You guys seriously need to drop the cost of the Visual Studio environment and get people to see how easy it is to work with.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting Problems, Poor Management

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA (US)

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Pros: - Interesting, often bleeding edge Computer Science problems are a… Cons: - The management often seems like they don't know what they're doing - certain products… Advice to Senior Management: Management should put stronger value in good engineering; perhaps we should… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Great people but politics hamper innovation and career growth

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Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft


Pros: Some of the smartest people to work with everyday, lots of passion for customers. Great benefits, the healthcare plan alone makes it hard… Cons: The company has way too much politics. I've been on many teams and got many promotions. Early in your career it is more about merit… Advice to Senior Management: Program management discipline has lost its course. It's all about managing processes, filling out checklists in specs, keeping your sr. management happy. A program manager's… More

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