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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
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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

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    "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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    "Once great, now full of fail"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people you work with are usually good people
    - Free drinks and Starbucks/Seattle's Best coffee
    - Pay is pretty good

    Cons

    - Benefits suck now
    - Company has been going nowhere for over a decade
    - Review system is an abomination
    - If you're unlucky enough to work in the newer buildings, enjoy the moronic decisions to put everyone in open spaces and block off the windows so you can't see outside. If you like working in a cave surrounded by maddening levels of noise, this might be the perfect environment for you.

    Advice to Management

    How about getting input from the employees before making stupid choices like NO offices for almost everyone? What about asking for feedback on big bets instead of revealing them long after the decisions have been etched in stone and too late to change? I mean really, getting rid of the START button for crying out loud??? Look WAY into the future and come up with something that will actually work and move the stock in a positive direction. Get rid of the completely broken review system.

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