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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern in Bellevue, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Great compensation, fun activities, fabulous intern gifts- you can tell that money was really thrown your way as an intern.

Cons

Office work can get tedious, some interns were given projects that weren't utilized after they were gone.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Life of a Systems Engineer @ Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collaborative and flexible schedules. Microsoft has good benefits and wealth of learning opportunity because it has huge selections of articles, books, and media in the library.

    Cons

    Depending on the group(s) you're in but some groups practice discrimination and only hired their own kind of people (ie..East Indian People).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more involved in employee selection and careful on who you put in charge of hiring. Group diversity is most important and harnessing the most talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    You're career will crash due to the old school culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) PAY - Decent pay if you fight for it up front, don't accept the first offer - there is always a contingent offer.
    2) FITNESS - 2013 $800 reimbursement for health and fitness related memberships, equipment (i.e. bike/helmet, snowboard, ski's, boots/bindings, versa climber, weight sets, benches, racks, etc.).

    Cons

    1) CULTURE - Vicious culture if not part of your organization's "club"; do not give constructive feedback (see Cons #2), HR will always back management.
    2) FORCED RANKING - Forced ranking system (1 - 5); simplified - if you work in a group which has 5 people in your grade band, and all of you kick butt, one will get a score of 1 (or 1+), one a (2), one a (3), one a (4), one a (5 - you suck and are out the door); this is forced ranking, plus the ranking is done before you submit your self-assessment; you are ranked on what your perceived performance is, not actual - essentially, if you are popular with your organization's managers (i.e. part of the club), you will always have a decent to high review score.
    3) WORK LOAD - Be perpared to do the actual work of two people by the end of your second year; more than two if you have breadth of abilities; this is due to systemically poor planning and forecasting approaches utilized YoY - why? rock the boat and you'll get slapped with a 4 or 5 rating.
    4) WORK/LIFE BALANCE - Only in your first year if you are lucky; good ole boys club members usually have decent work/life balance; MSFT follows the sun, so working across timezones is expected, weekends and holidays for some as well.
    5) HEALTH PLAN - The cadillac health plan is a thing of the past and 2013 brings a standard set of limited health plan options, with annual deductables and co-pays. CPO leveraged Obamacare to effect a very significant employee healthcare cost reduction roadmap; high benefit to the CPO's review rating and associated financial benefits at the cost of almost 100,000 "valued" employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A positive, sweeping corporate transformation, and true rebranding is required or sharholder value will always stay in the $20's and low $30's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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