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"Microsoft is great to work at as a contractor"

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  • Senior Management
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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 learning experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good tools that help with the day-to-day, sometimes they break and it's painful, but still a lot better than not having them.
    Private offices, which are nice if you just want to be heads-down and get work done.
    Lots of really smart people, from which you can always learn something new.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Very political environment, a lot of middle management.
    Most times "How it looks" or the "Team Stats" are more important than doing the right thing for users or the company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote better managers

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