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Never a boring day - so far

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

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

Pros

Generally challenging work with competent colleagues

Cons

Stack ranking small groups used to kill morale - now being replaced by.....nothing yet.

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  1. Worked here for 10 years

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Smart people lots to learn
    - Company has its heart in the right place.
    - Love the culture of giving

    Cons

    - You are on an island - can't use open source, stuck with some internal solutions that are not as good.
    - Review system and curve fitting was bad, but glad to know its being changed.
    - Too many people just attending meetings and contributing little.
    - Too many Principals with rest and vest mentality.

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  2. I worked as a Vendor (not permenant) as a Mechanical Engineer Xbox Accessory Group

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    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, bleeding edge technologies, The Studio building are a great campus. Feels like a very nice modern College campus. Great to have free drinks even for vendors and even guest. Selection of drinks is large and readily availability. Great Model shop. Other contractors are great to work with. No time limit on how long you can work as a vendor. Met some vendors that have been there 6 years straight. Being a vendor can increase your chances of being hired on as a permanent employee.

    Cons

    As a vendor you are not treated as a full time employee. Sometimes you are treated coldly. As one vendor pointed out, You are a screw driver in the drawer, they take you out when you are needed and put back in the draw when done. Compared to other companies as a vendor (Microsoft definition of Contractor) you are treated a little more like a lower cast. As a vendor you can be given very minimal space for an office. One vendor has his office under a stairwell for a year. When I was at Microsoft in 2012 Most of the Mechanicals permanent were from HP especially in Management. One HP manager have an extreme bias for HP way of doing things and was obviously bias to former HP employees.

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    The manager I was under in the first contract was fair and tried to treat his vendors with as much respect as he could. He had converted from a vendor to a permanent employee.

    Management, you should try to change the way you treat your vendor. When I was there, they were the work horses of your technologies. Treat them with respect.

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