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"Better to be a permanent employee rather than a contractor"

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
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Approves of CEO

Pros

People have mutual respect for each other and there is great cross-functional collaboration between teams. Microsoft is the leader in its field, which is great for your CV/future prospects. The staff restaurant offers a good choice of hot and cold food and it subsidised so is good value, although not so good as it used to be as they have switched companies.

Cons

I am a contractor, (and do the same job as permanent staff in my team, but with no career prospects or benefits). This sucks. MS are so worried about contractors taking them to court regarding benefits, so offer nothing at all, to be on the safe side. There was a case in the US where a contractor was doing the same job as a permanent person and took them to court so they got burnt..

MS is not as dynamic as it could be (although they try to be, but hire the wrong type of staff). Since they moved from being a startup, they are like any other established company and creativity has been stifled). There are a lot of politics here and promotion is based on who you know, not what you know.

Advice to Management

Employ contractors who want permanent jobs, as opposed to hiring outside of the company. They are a great source of knowledge as have worked for many companies and offer a fresh outlook. So many contractors try to get permanent jobs, but end up leaving (and in some cases working for competitors) as they can't get permanent jobs.

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    "Integrity and Honesty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Microsoft is an amazing place to learn from others and, if circumstances allow it, grow professionally within the company.
    * The company has above average health benefits.
    * Excellent Continuing Education and Self-Study Resources
    * Excellent Self-Service Mentorship Program
    * Overall compensation is above average when you add all the fringe benefits and services an employee obtains since Day 1 working in Microsoft.

    Cons

    Many of the following observations are rising trends that in my opinion started after Bill Gates departure in 2006; and now increasing at a much higher pace ever since the company entered in a "never-ending" reorganization / reshuffling loop at the end of that same year.

    * Middle management, in some groups more than others, do not observe Microsoft's code of conduct. They appear to exemplify the phrase: "The end justifies the means".

    * Honest hard work may go unnoticed if you are not politically connected to the right people.

    * Managers are empowered to decide upon their direct report's fate within the company - having almost uncontested authority to promote or fire anyone reporting to them. Moreover, the system lacks of appropriate check and balances to effectively apprehend potential managerial misconduct.

    Therefore, the KEY to succeed and grow within the company is: Instead of looking for a new role within the company, you should always be scouting for good managers that could potentially hire you into their team. In other words, having a good manager matters more than landing upon your dream job.

    * On several occasions, over a period of 6 plus years, I've seen how HR sides with management instead of objectively assess what could be at stake in any given situation or complaint. Employee morale and passion keeps declining - the majority adopts a "See no evil, Hear no Evil" attitude in order to survive or spare retaliation from management.

    * It was of great disappointment not only to witness highly-unethical behavior coming from middle management, but to see how upper management looked the other way.

    * Although Microsoft is still a great company to work for and to list in a resume, I would recommend that if looking for a new workplace, to look at other great companies that will probably enrich more anyone's professional career. If you are already working for Microsoft, then take pride in what you do while understanding that the company is going through a challenging phase - and always keep in mind that the best thing to do is to do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Uphold and blindly enforce the rules that once led the company into a path of great success; a place that inspired high standards & moral values. They should never loose sight of the company's top guiding value: Integrity and Honesty.


  2. "Great place to work for technical experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with smart people. Access to the latest technologies. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Not focused on the customer experience.

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