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Is V- contracting at Microsoft right for you?

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Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity, challenging environment.

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to impact at global scale; compensation and benefits; opportunity to do many different jobs within one company; global opportunity.

    Cons

    Frequent and disruptive re-organizations; employee calibration system forces a ranking curve so every year 20% of employees receive a low ranking regardless of their contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Learning Ground

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start off your career in that you can get exposure to a lot of different products/groups. Excellent health benefit package and gym benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely political and not very innovative. Work life balance is a struggle on most teams/organizations. While there are some good pockets within the company, constant re-orgs create too much churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lose the stack ranking system and political based re-orgs

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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