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"Microsoft is a fast-paced fun environment to work in."

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Current Contractor - Event Recruitment Coordinator in Redmond, WA
Current Contractor - Event Recruitment Coordinator in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

My co-workers are amazing and supportive. You can really tell that they support any outside activities their employees are involved in.

Cons

They have a lot of contract workers which sometimes upsets the flow of work sense you are constantly training new workers.

Advice to Management

Have more support for your contingent staff...sometimes we don't feel very appreciated.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Environment strongly depends on team."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to work with quite a few intelligent people.
    Wide range of technologies to work on.
    Relatively fair salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible philosophy on performance management - survival of the fittest, enforced performance curve with periodic cleansing, where the tail of the curve must leave the company, and most of the other get unfair reward. As a result people compete with each other and not with other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Change performance management system.


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    "hit it and quit it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Valuable political and product design skills that will serve you well as long as they don't poison the culture at future employers. Stay there long enough to get a promotion or two, see how a big company ships large complicated pieces of software then leave.

    Cons

    There is no company mission except make more money. Career management basically means developing a useless skill of positioning yourself to have "visibility" and "impact". Especially pronounced at GPM or equivalent level.

    If you're in the big groups (Windows/Office/STB), the build systems knowledge doesn't carry over very well. They use a hacked up version of perforce for source control and branching and integration is extremely expensive. Continuous integration simply isn't feasible yet on a system of that size (though private builds and replacing individual DLLs at certain layers is possible).

    Advice to Management

    Why?


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