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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)

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

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 Management

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

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  1. A changing company that still has a long way to go

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Tremendous resources, and still hires some of the best and smartest in the world. The company is playing catch-up with the rest of the industry in product vision, but continues to be a dogged competitor and has the war chest for the long haul.

    Cons

    Microsoft is still trying to evolve away from its early DNA of intense internal competition, but it's still deeply embedded into the company culture. As an employee, more effort is spent fighting to win vs. peers than vs. competition, and it's exhausting and inefficient.


  2. Rewarding but at times quite cut throat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, great opportunities

    Cons

    Previous stack ranking system created a bad environment, better now - but definitely tough to breakthrough to principal band given the amount of re-orgs the company has gone through. Some management teams lack ability to to basic product planning

    Advice to Management

    Become better at planning and recognizing the strategic insight others bring. Learn to focus on your customer and product, not your competitor.


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