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Worked for o5 years for consulting services.
For my consulting engagements: 20% was good, 20% was bad and 60% was ugly.

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

Pros

Great place to aquire deep technical expertise and meet interestring people.
Good benefits

Cons

Consultants are treated as disposable garbage in most cases. Unclear and vague commitments which need to be signed every year. Distribution of available assignments is extreemly convoluted and based on politics in most cases. Consultanst are required to search for assignments and in case of slow market are blamed for utilisation gaps.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change utilisation formulas and stop treating consultants as second clas citizens.

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  1. First Year at MS

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    So far, consultant life at Microsoft is good. Horizontal mobility is great. Upward communication is easy, and encouraged. There's great pay, benefits, and peers, and the first month as a college hire is pretty much one big welcome party: you stay in a resort to train on Microsoft's culture and consulting basics. They do a really great job of making you feel cared for and welcome! There are LOTS of resources to get you ready.

    Cons

    Life after the first month has its troubles, though. The peers you meet the first month scatter all over the country to their respective locations, you don't have as clear cut a path, and training feels slightly disorganized. Everyone has his or her own technology focus, but it can take a while to find out what that is, leaving you stranded, and since it's really important you get billable, that can be daunting.

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  2. A place where you can learn about many different technology areas.

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft has recently become a more exciting place to work, perhaps due to involvement in the devices area and getting closer to the consumer space. It is good we have the company stores.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and it takes long to get to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the frequency of bonuses (not just review time, but when individuals accomplish something special at any time of the year)

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