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Contractors are second-class citizens

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Former Contractor - Test Associate II in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Test Associate II in Redmond, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Looks good on a resume
A long-established company

Cons

Low pay for contractors
Class-based system; don't even bother if you aren't an FTE
Highly "silo"ed development teams, the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing
Increasingly lower quality products

Advice to Management

Microsoft has lost its way. It needs to go back to its roots, making high quality software and supporting emerging trends.

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  1. FTE and consultant

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, stable benefits, nice campus

    Cons

    Political bureaucracy
    Complacency
    Culture of conflict at senior levels
    To be a senior manager - its all about who you know not what you know
    HR policies are made of stone, no way to advance quickly
    All senior management in inbred drones - no real creativity or skill to compete

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage to try new things
    Define your own playing field do not play by competitor rules
    Partner with the end customer
    Be bolder, the DOJ has already been proven wrong

  2. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the environment. Everyone is super nice and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    The worst part is the projects you work on are rather dull and not as exciting as other places. You place a small part in the overall company

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