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Better to be a permanent employee rather than a contractor

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

ProsPeople 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.

ConsI 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 Senior ManagementEmploy 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Microsoft


    Pros: Opportunity to work on interesting projects, managment is accountable to… Cons: Highly competitive review procuedure that creates a somewhat adversarial environment… More
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    Great place to work for technical experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Microsoft


    Pros: Get to work with smart people. Access to the… Cons: Not focused on the customer experience. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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