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Smart people, big egos

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Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

Pros

Some of the smartest people you will meet. Good benefits, casual environment, and lots of difficult challenges (which I enjoy). Great offices. Lot's of activities going on and a connection to a lot of departments is possible.

Cons

Big egos. I was a contractor and there were certain people who would (seriously) look at my orange badge (full timers have blue badges) and act like I was somehow less intelligent. Not cool. There is definitely a very cutthroat culture where people are interested in their own careers - maybe at your expense. Highly political environment. Since I was a contractor, this was not a big deal. Full time employees who aren't doing a great job can move to another department, continuing the mediocrity.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is not one company, its many - always a place to go and try something new

    Cons

    being managed out if not a rock star...

    Advice to Management

    reward people that are good at their jobs and want to stay in them

  2. Great company to work for, but resistant to creativity and change

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - You learn a lot
    - Opportunities to grow
    - Great benefit package (it was when I was there, although I have heard it has since changed)
    - You usually have a great budget at your disposal (marketing)
    - I know my cons are pretty bulky, but it can be a great place to work. Just find your balance, set your boundaries and do a great job. At the end of the day, they just care about a job well done

    Cons

    - Groups are hit or miss. Sometimes you're working within a great organization with an exemplary leader, other times you're not. The company is so big, it's best to do your research on each organization as if it were it's own separate business
    - There is a lot of resistance to "outside of the box" thinking. Senior management is well aware of the public's perception of Microsoft's lack of creativity in terms of marketing, but it often felt as though they were powerless, hence so are you
    - While you do get compensated well enough, you must consider the amount of hours being put in. When that's considered, you're not necessarily being paid as much as you think.
    - The majority of people here are Type A personalities, so be ready to keep up
    - In the pursuit of upward mobility, you can EASILY lose a sense of work/life balance. Be careful. You need to always put your personal life first.
    - Lacks customer centricity (this is my own personal pet peeve as that's VERY important to me)

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it helps to buck the system. Show the results to then make a stronger case for you and your team.

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