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Great experience over the last 6 years

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Wide Diversity of Technology. Can move to a different team to gain a different experience.

Cons

Too much hierarchy - this sometimes takes too long to make a decision.

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    Microsoft LCA

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

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

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

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits are great; salaries range is in keeping with national average for in-house attorneys.

    Cons

    The culture is highly political. Employees are promoted based on politics (READ: the ability to kiss ass) rather than talent as an attorney. In fact, if you are interested in actually doing your job well and being an honest employee and team player, you can pretty much bet that you'll spend your career in the bottom rungs of the department getting the shaft from the dirtbags who get promoted over you. As a result, the senior levels in the department are filled with vicious backstabbing idiots and the culture is pretty much the equivalent of that you'd find in the arena at the Hunger Games. Everyone is out for themselves and eager to find a team member to offer up for sacrifice as one of the mandatory bottom 10% under-performers required for each review period. The work isn't challenging-- a chimp could do most of it as its based on using templates and following instructions on the "One LCA" Intranet site. You'll spend 90% of your time filling out forms or copying word-for-word the recommended response to a client question posted on the Intranet.

    Advice to Management

    Like the rest of Microsoft, LCA needs a complete change at the top. There's really no advise that I can provide to the current management, except this: resign for the good of the department and the company.


  2. Consultant without a desk, required to be at my desk during business hours, heh heh.

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks such as transportation pass, parking, drinks in kitchen and frequent parties.

    Cons

    High vender turnover, large bureaucracy, more emphasis on being "at your desk" than getting things done, but this depends on department and manager.

    Advice to Management

    Use the FTE's more, and reduce usage of vendors. Create a pathway for vendors to become FTE's. Put more emphasis on getting things done, less on being at your desk. Let mobile vendors be mobile, or give them a desk.


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