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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Political Climate and Performance System inhibits innovation

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    Current Employee - Principal Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great software and products with some innovation behind closed doors

    Cons

    Politics across teams, lack of sharing information to be effective, performance system leaves 60% of the company frustrated which impacts productivity, difficult to be agile in your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, recognize performance, share information, trash performance tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    WIndows phone specific

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is large and stable. Windows phone is a new product with potential

    Cons

    Windows phone is very political and certain groups within windows phone more so. Lots of emails and noise. too much rat race stuff like send more emails and ppts to be visible. Not much flexibility in certain groups. Do what your boss tells ya or suffer the consequences. Stack ranking review system causes people to sometimes worry about themselves and also causes good employees to fall in low ratings. You cannot move groups within microsoft if you have a low rating so if for some reason your manager doesnt like you and gave you a bad rating, you are stuck with him or you quit the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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