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"Microsoft is great to work at as a contractor"

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Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

If you are a V-, depending on level of experience, you should be earning at least $80-100K. Upside, you work with really intelligent people and it could be a lot of fun!

Cons

It is intense at Microsoft. Even as a contractor, you will work long and intense hours.

Advice to Management

None

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great place for diversified experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great variety of teams doing very different work. Where else can you switch from low level hardware drivers to game development to cloud without changing companies?
    The benefits are great too.

    Cons

    - You are penalized when you switch teams, nothing you did on the previous team counts anymore, even if it's withing the same division/org.
    - Politics is more important than technical ability and collaboration is not valued, it's better to redo something that get other team to adjust a library for example.
    - Review system gives too much power to leads, you have to do what they think is best, not what's best for Microsoft or the customers.
    - Some decisions come from above from nowhere and no explanation, a little transparency would be great for motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the banded review system and put more weight on peer review to increase collaboration.
    Flatten the orgs and be more transparent.
    Unify Microsoft, get rid of full loop interviews to switch teams to enable cross-pollination.


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    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great business opportunity.

    Cons

    Several execution and strategic issues.


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