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"An odd mix of exhilarating, exciting, and intriguing experiences peppered with frustration by politics and bloated egos."

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Wide range of interesting products to work on, lots of opportunity for real impact, plenty of smart people who fuel innovation.

Cons

Too big for its own good, opportunity for impact stifled by bureaucracy and politics, for every smart person... there are plenty of bullheaded, egotistical managers who think they've got it all figured out.

Advice to Management

Get focused on what Microsoft really is about and align your teams so they're not all undermining each other.

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    "Best Retail Store to work at"

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    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Great pay for a retail store. Good co-workers that genuinely want to help you.

    Cons

    Management needs to take their jobs a little less seriously


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Two Class of Employees Structure"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume after you leave; If you didn't know how politics work on a Big company it will help you learn. Great Work Environment, top of the line IT infrastructure, Food at the office is gourmet, working conditions is the best I have seen. Going to the actual office is Optional, If you like traveling and you are an employee, you can circle the world, and take training nonstop all year round.

    Cons

    This is a two “very” separated class environment, where FTEs are the higher class with all benefits, career advancement, opportunity for lateral moves etc. If you happen to be a contractor (60%) of the workforce at least in the Area I was working. You can expect low pay, no benefits and absolutely no career advancement, if there is an open position and there is an FTE who wants that position there is no way a contractor can get it. Politics are as you can expect on a Big company, not worst than any other I have worked at. Contractors in general do the work; FTEs in general do the PPT and travel around showing the presentation to the Bosses..! A lot of time is consumed on trying to show progress on whatever it is that you are doing, even if there is no progress at all.

    Advice to Management

    My Advice to Management; just look at the trajectory of the company, you can’t be a best class company with 60% of the workforce being contractors, focus on the several layers of Fat on the structure of that company, or face reality..!

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