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Cheap, Competitive payrates for Contractors.

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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than 8 years

Pros

Free Coffee made from real beans. lol Lots of smart people, and top talent to be around. Inspiring. You'll meet some of the most talented, driven, aggressively smart, and most knowledgeable people in the Industry. Except for the Nepotists.

Cons

Unnecessarily competitive in a weird way, can be intimidating, lots of nerds, very narrow focus, but highly detailed. The nepotism ruins it all. Even hiring friends over another that's more passionate about the Industry is what holds Microsoft back in the dust of Apple and Google. LOL

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Leave the Harvard Business Formalities at home, this is the new frontier we're trying to create, not perpetuate textbook methodologies.

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    Overall a good company

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great company overall. Pay is very competitive and even thought recent changes to benefit packages are passing more costs on to the employee, they are still among the very best.

    Cons

    due to years of stagnant growth, it is increasingly difficult to move up the ladder. Make sure you are happy with the job you start in, because stories about moving jobs after 18 months are largely untrue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the review system. I work in a team of Ivy league educated peers and forcing top performers in to a forced bell curve creates a negative/cut throat work environment. If I leave Microsoft, it will be because I want a happier and more team oriented work environment.

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    Frenetic Activity, Challenging, Competitive and Fun

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    Current Employee - Service Level Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Level Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with the latest technologies, Exciting Projects , Smart People, you learn something new everyday

    Cons

    The Review system is counterproductive, Managers are not trained to bring out the best in their staff , projects that get the plug pulled before they get a chance to prove out, Mean people win out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You draw the best people but your approach to resource management drives them off and curtails their ability to contribute...forced ranking and HI PO investment is an outdated 20th century approach

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