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  • "They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility" (in 2336 reviews)

  • "Smart people (more at HQ than the field)" (in 1814 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Passive aggressive management in Bing Ads team"

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    Former Contractor - Editorial Escalation Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Editorial Escalation Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Lots of free food
    -Mentor program
    -Convenient location in South Lake Union
    -Bus pass

    Cons

    -Passive aggressive management
    -Poor management. Full timers can easily place the blame on the contractor if a project doesn't go according to plan
    -Micromanagement when it came to breaks

    Advice to Management

    If you ask someone to help out on a project, but don't give them help/resources to complete it on time, don't place all the blame on that person - there are other players/factors involved.


  2. "Editorial Reviewer"

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    Former Contractor - Editorial Reviewer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Contractor - Editorial Reviewer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive team, access to Microsoft learning platforms and great opportunity to network internally.

    Cons

    Mobility from vendor to FTE is limited

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Defensive and unsupportive work climate"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Escalation Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Editorial Escalation Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Some people who don't care about changing things and are ok with the antagonistic, competitive culture view this as a safe job for many years to come that offers security and some good benefits

    Cons

    - No interest in challenging the status quo / innovation. If you mention the elephant in the room you get to take it home. (As in, if you mention a problem you become the problem and your manager is unlikely to support you.
    - The review system forces managers to give negative reviews to a fixed percentage of their team, whether they deserve it or not. People are being calibrated against each other, which fosters and atmosphere of defensiveness, competitiveness and withholding of support

    Advice to Management

    Fostering unhealthy competition and defensiveness does not drive innovation and open collaboration