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Is V- contracting at Microsoft right for you?

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Current Contractor - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Contractor - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good W2 hourly rate. End of contract is always in sight.

Cons

They treat their contractors like a red-headed step child. A group that is in trouble will hire a contractor to be the fall guy. Just know up front what you are getting into.

Advice to Management

Stop rewarding for individual achievement and push towards team achievement. Makes for a less hostile environment.

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    Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Generally good benefits-- medical, dental, health club, PRIME (local attractions) discounts, etc. 2. Many smart people

    Cons

    1. Review process and calibration curve appears to favor and disfavor employees due to politics 2. Calibration curve results in limited partnerships/collaboration among peers in same band 3. My pet peeve: nearly all parking spaces are marked "compact" so SUVs regularly ding my door

    Advice to Management

    Peer reviews are suspect when the manager requires reviews from peers in the same calibration band. Many employees adopt a "Prisoner's Dilemma" philosophy. You don't want to be in a small, elite group like mine b/c when the bell curve is applied to small groups, these micro curves create an overtly political atmosphere when applied in the absence of hard performance metrics. My group does not have hard performance metrics.


  2. great experience, team, portfolio

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    creative, smart people, fast paced environment, benefits

    Cons

    tough, competitive environment, long commute,

    Advice to Management

    more effecient process


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