Getting a job in MICROSOFT is a dream come true. But are you worried about the hierarchy and chain of command of your work environment? You are in the right place.
It’s normal to think about the hierarchy in your new workplace. This article will help you understand the complex hierarchy of MICROSOFT in a simple way. Without further adieu, let’s start with a short introduction on MICROSOFT.
Microsoft is an American multinational company that sells software licenses, computer electronics, and other electrical equipment around the world. It can be considered as the major player in the OS (Operating System) software market
It is one of the BIG 5 Information Technology Companies along with major players like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. It has more than 182,268 employees as per the stats of Q2 2021.
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Technical Hierarchy of Microsoft
In this article only the positions or designations related to the technical fields of MICROSOFT are discussed. As a lead technology company, it has a complex hierarchy structure. Microsoft follows the level system; each position is given the level based on their power and responsibilities.
A higher level means a higher salary and benefits. You can easily classify the technical Hierarchy into three categories.
- Entry Level
- Middle Level
- High/ Senior Level
Entry Level Career Positions
It is the position you will be more likely to get hired for when you are a fresher who just graduated. Here you can gain some experience and learn about the workings of the company. You will be responsible to do the works allotted to you by the middle or senior levels.
The positions that can be covered under the Entry-level are –
- Software intern
- Software Trainee
- Software Analyst
- Module Lead
- Senior Software Analyst
- C++ Trainee
- Software Technician
- QA Engineer
- Software Quality Engineer
- DATA base Administrator Software
- Software Associate
- Software Assistant
- Configuration manager
- Lead C++ Software Engineer etc…
Middle-Level Career designations
The people in the Middle-level positions will be specialized in any particular department or technique. After gaining enough experience in the base level you will be promoted to the Middle level. The Middle level mostly focuses on the senior personals that are more responsible, experienced, and updated.
You can also be directly hired into a middle-level position if you have the required skills and experience in other companies. The positions or designations covered under the Middle Level are –
- Software QA Engineer
- SDLC Implementation Manager
- Software Project Manager
- Software Quality Assurance Tester
- Software Application Engineer
- System Administrator
- Senior Product Manager
- Senior Process Analyst
- Senior C/C++ Software Engineer etc…
Senior/High-level Positions or jobs
These are the highest technical positions one can be promoted in MICROSOFT. Though they are technical experts they mostly work closely with the managerial and business authorities. They are the bridge between the business and technical team in the organization.
There is less chance for you to directly hire into these positions unless you are an engineering graduate with more than 5 years of experience in other big companies. Or you should have a special skill or idea that will turn the table.
In the MICROSOFT workforce, the entry and middle levels cover more than 80%, These high ups are very few because they play a very important role in the organization. The positions that come under this Elite level are –
- Technical Recruitment Manager
- Senior Software Testing Manager
- Senior Software Developer
- Senior Software Programmer
- Senior Project/Group of projects Manager
- Lead Software Project Engineer
- Senior Software QA Engineer
- Software Configuration management Administrator
- Project Head
- Chief Technical Officer
- Technical Director Etc…
The salary can be different between the persons in the same category, because of the ranking or leveling system followed in the MICROSOFT. For example, the Principal Program Manager (PM) or Software Development Engineer (SDE), or Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) can earn more than senior or Normal PM/SDE/SDET.
Though they all are covered under the same category their salaries differ because Principal PM is ranked as Level 65-67 whereas the normal PM level is between 61 and 62.
If you have any further doubts relating to the duties, salaries, responsibilities, etc… Of the technical hierarchy in MICROSOFT please share them in the comment section below.
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