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Microsoft is great to work at as a contractor

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

If you are a V-, depending on level of experience, you should be earning at least $80-100K. Upside, you work with really intelligent people and it could be a lot of fun!

Cons

It is intense at Microsoft. Even as a contractor, you will work long and intense hours.

Advice to Management

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    Great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Good tools that help with the day-to-day, sometimes they break and it's painful, but still a lot better than not having them. Private offices, which are nice if you just want to be heads-down and get work done. Lots of really smart people, from which you can always learn something new.

    Cons

    Long hours. Very political environment, a lot of middle management. Most times "How it looks" or the "Team Stats" are more important than doing the right thing for users or the company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote better managers


  2. Helpful (1)

    Once great company becomes more cutthroat by the day....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Talented people Great resources Good benefits (used to be great, but recent changes make them in line with industry)

    Cons

    Review system is inane Leadership lives in a bubble Once collaborative environment now more focused on zero sum one upmanship

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current review system. It's demotivating. Spend time outside of Redmond to see how the rest of the world views our business model. Be proactive, not reactive.


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