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"Cheap, Competitive payrates for Contractors."

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Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 8 years)

Pros

Free Coffee made from real beans. lol Lots of smart people, and top talent to be around. Inspiring. You'll meet some of the most talented, driven, aggressively smart, and most knowledgeable people in the Industry. Except for the Nepotists.

Cons

Unnecessarily competitive in a weird way, can be intimidating, lots of nerds, very narrow focus, but highly detailed. The nepotism ruins it all. Even hiring friends over another that's more passionate about the Industry is what holds Microsoft back in the dust of Apple and Google. LOL

Advice to Management

Leave the Harvard Business Formalities at home, this is the new frontier we're trying to create, not perpetuate textbook methodologies.

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    "MIcrosoft offered a lot of opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Field positions offer great autonomy.

    Cons

    Company culture encourages taking big risks, but if you fail you pay the price.

    Review system positions co-workers against each other. To succeed too much time is needed to play the political game instead of doing the work. Performance reviews are too heavily weighted on Managers opinions and peer feedback, not on the work. I would not work again in a company that had this type of review system.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review system. It doesn't foster team work.


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    "Good pay but they get a lot for their money"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and pay, get to work with very smart people, get to work on projects that affect millions of people. Always get to work with new technologies or at the very least try all the new stuff before the public. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very political, reviews graded on a strict curve so even if the whole team rocks someone has to be on the bottom. If working on a service you must be on call 24/7 for 2 week periods throughout the year. You feel like the even when you're at home the job never ends.

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