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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.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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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 an 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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    Great Experience Great People

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with, flexible hours. That means you must be self motivated. Open kitchen on each floor. Resources, library of books, bus pass, social events makes for a very nice community of people to get to know like family.

    Cons

    It is easy to get forgotten or lost in the system. Contracts can be short so relationship building is very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for providing helps in more than one way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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