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Contractors are second-class citizens

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

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Titles don't reflect the work you actually do

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing boss. I am challenged with the work that I do. I love the flexibility in work hours and dress code. I feel that I can just come and do the work no matter the time or what I look like.

    Cons

    Company has become to big. In the effort to become ONE Microsoft, they do not communicate changes well and they do not test out new processes with the right people before they roll anything out company wide. Everything is a bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value all of your employees not just the engineers. We all contribute to the bigger picture to make the company better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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