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A lot of potential if you can attract the right people

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Current Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Current Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

There is almost limitless opportunity to learn technology and advance with some of the brightest people in the technology industry today.

Cons

Depending on the division you're in, you could be stuck with middle management that unfortunately has been around too long and no longer have a passion to see their team excel and therefore you live under that shadow.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of middle management that have been around too long. Seek fresh leadership that cultivates morale and ups the motivation of each team.

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  1. Great opportunity to experience the broad industry and work with some amazing people

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great products, great people, great opportunity to impact those products

    Cons

    There is 100% Travel, and the size of company makes is less agile

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    Lower consulting rates

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  2. Great learning environment where you get to push yourself

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mentors
    variety of work
    make an impact - affect lots of customers

    Cons

    bureaucratic
    the annual reviews are not transparent - there is a fair bit of politics that happens here
    lot of work is done just to gain 'visibility' and not because it is the best thing to do either for the business or the customers
    Steve ballmer is not an inspiring leader but he is on the way out. I hope that who ever replaces him is from the software industry and has a technical background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the annual review system and make it less political

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