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Better to be a permanent employee rather than a contractor

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

People have mutual respect for each other and there is great cross-functional collaboration between teams. Microsoft is the leader in its field, which is great for your CV/future prospects. The staff restaurant offers a good choice of hot and cold food and it subsidised so is good value, although not so good as it used to be as they have switched companies.

Cons

I am a contractor, (and do the same job as permanent staff in my team, but with no career prospects or benefits). This sucks. MS are so worried about contractors taking them to court regarding benefits, so offer nothing at all, to be on the safe side. There was a case in the US where a contractor was doing the same job as a permanent person and took them to court so they got burnt..

MS is not as dynamic as it could be (although they try to be, but hire the wrong type of staff). Since they moved from being a startup, they are like any other established company and creativity has been stifled). There are a lot of politics here and promotion is based on who you know, not what you know.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employ contractors who want permanent jobs, as opposed to hiring outside of the company. They are a great source of knowledge as have worked for many companies and offer a fresh outlook. So many contractors try to get permanent jobs, but end up leaving (and in some cases working for competitors) as they can't get permanent jobs.

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    Been here less then a year, so far the experience has been positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting projects, managment is accountable to ensure the employees career development needs are being addressed.

    Cons

    Highly competitive review procuedure that creates a somewhat adversarial environment amongst competing peers.

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    "A Good Deal" at Microsoft

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Outstanding healthcare & other benefits! Unlimited supply of free Mountain Dew! Progressive and diverse culture! Good work-life balance in most roles. Great opportunities for career advancement! Fascinating technology at your fingertips! Broaden your technical skills! Collaborate with other brilliant minds! Learn and grow in-role! Fair compensation! An all-around good deal.

    Cons

    The size of this company is so massive, it makes it nearly impossible to navigate internally. Change is a slow-moving beast. The training sucks, in general, but if you're good a self-studying there are endless resources available to you.

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