MSFT choosing team

Microsoft DCrU61
Nov 19 6 Comments

Azure: networking
Bing: NLP, machine learning

Azure (SDE1):
pros: the team owns an actual product that generates revenue. Azure is given great emphasis at Microsoft so it is a good org to be in. Also doing scalable distributed systems is useful.
cons: potentially pretty bad work-life balance and on calls. Personally more interested in data science.

Bing (SDE1, but working mostly as a data scientist):
pros: personal interest, also search tech is useful in the long run. NLP&Machine learning is a "hot" field.
cons: there's less sense of a product - sure we're improving some search results, but how would my impact be measured exactly? Also how will machine learning NLP be like in 5-10 years? I know it is one of the hottest field right now but if it doesn't generate revenue I can easily see it go downhill.

Provided managers are comparable, what team would you choose based on career outlook?

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  • Microsoft seagull
    If you are going to be in Seattle work in the cloud space for the experience. There is no better place where you can learn this.

    There is a lot of challenging work in Azure Networking. Whether you will enjoy it and thrive depends on your talents, nature and some measure of luck ending up with a supportive manager and a team with an impactful charter in a booming economy.

    The JEDI contract is a huge deal for Azure and the fallout from that win is expansive and beyond just JEDI. So, a lot of money will be coming into Azure in the next few years.

    For now, Azure is a good choice. Do it and see how you like it. If it’s not your cup of tea, you can always do an internal transfer or leave for another company in a couple of years. With a cloud background, you are guaranteed that all the recruiters from cloud players like AWS, OCI, GCP, and more will be calling you the moment you start your job hunt. Notice that they are ALL in Seattle.
    Nov 19 0
  • Google Lеna
    Awkward placing poll options in opposite order - I almost misclicked! (then carefully voted Azure)
    Nov 19 0
  • Microsoft DCrU61
    OP
    hmm nobody thinks the NLP&machine learning field is worth pursuing?
    Nov 19 1
    • Qualcomm / Eng qlol
      If it interests you, now is as good time as any to pursue it. With ML background, should still be able to find similar roles at big companies later on.
      Nov 19
  • Microsoft sadella
    Azure Networking is a nightmare, go with Bing.
    Nov 19 0
  • Microsoft pilotjsjh
    Heard azure has good bonus but bad WLB
    Nov 19 0

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