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"You can make it work for you"

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Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

Pros

* Still great benefits, even though they've been cut a bit
* Work with a lot of smart people
* You can make your voice heard much of the time
* Excellent training opportunities

Cons

* Some people think they're the smart ones, but they're not. You still have to work with them!
* Lots of turf battles
* Peter Principle applies
* If you live in Seattle, it's a miserable drive

Advice to Management

The internecine battles must stop. I really wish you believed in "One Microsoft" as much as you say you do.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Smart, hard-working people... too much bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are fantastic.
    It is a stable company. It's not going anywhere.
    It's a big company. When you get bored, you can transfer to another product without losing your pay, benefits, seniority, etc.
    Many groups are doing exciting work. People around the world depend on the software and product you make.
    I had great work-life balance, but this depends on the group.

    Cons

    It is a mature company, and with stability comes a slower reaction speed. If you are really action-oriented, you may find this to be tedious.
    Strangers yell at you on airplanes for being evil because they have demonized your employer. This is childish and inaccurate. Microsoft isn't evil. The employees aren't evil. Everyone is doing their best for customers. But that doesn't stop trolls, and trolls are really damn annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Old Microsoft gave decision-making power to project owners and their immediate managers. Now it seems that nothing is decided without directors and a team of managers debating things for months. As long as this is the case, Microsoft isn't actually agile. Empower your people to do the right things for customers.


  2. ""Fun environment - Disappointed never to be hired permanent""

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    Former Contractor - Ops Specialist/Contract Support in Charlotte, NC
    Former Contractor - Ops Specialist/Contract Support in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complimentary beverages, ping pong, pool table, video games for break time ... freedom to get the job done using your own methods as long as they were effective.

    Cons

    As a contingent employee, it was frustrating to be valued yet never given the opportunity to be hired.

    Advice to Management

    None

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