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Learned a lot through a tumultuous time in a test org overrun with too many immature men.

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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Access to a free bus pass.

Cons

Work-life balance was not always what it should be. Being a a- contractor at Microsoft means you are a second class citizen.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure your managers are able to give constructive critical feedback in a timely and direct way. Make sure your managers aren't putting fat jokes in professional emails. Treat your contractors more like people less like cogs, and really think hard before choosing to make a position a- that should be v-.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Not what I hoped for.

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

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

    Pros

    Still lots of smart people and some interesting products to work on.

    Cons

    I think things might be changing a little, but I still see a real lack of focus, with people working on shiny ball projects without solving real customer problems. Need to spend a lot of time marketing yourself to continuously be successful.

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    Focus on the products that matter and incent people to solve customer problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start at, pays well.

    Cons

    Large amount of process overhead at times. Politics often times get in the way. Wish that work life balance was better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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