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Great opportunity to learn with fellow employees in a working environment that is vert team orientated. Very smart engineers that are willing to help others succeed. Great work/family lifestyle. Good Communications with Upper Management.High visibility projects where you get notice by upper management.
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My position with Microsoft was temporary. This made keeping this job impossible as it was contract work. Overall they were dedicated to the mental health of their employees and took steps to create breaks and allow employees to get to know one another in an otherwise isolating atmosphere.
For the volume/complexity/difficulty of the effort - capturing and processing high volumes of continuous street side and aerial imaging - this was the best managed I have ever seen. By far some of the most knowledgeable software developers with whom I have worked. Especially unusual and impressive was the dynamic environment driving toward best solutions. If you had a better idea and could back it up with reason, historical data, logic, etc., the direction of the project could be changed the same day your idea is presented. Microsoft maintained a top notch team and gave you the freedom to be creative. If you didn't perform within reasonable expectations, you didn't stay. Would have loved to stay, the effort I was hired to support was completed.
Always free drinks and snacks, both healthy and unhealthy, depending on personal preference. Often brought in Pizza and other food.
Microsoft centers on people who prefer to work hard, smart and intense. If you don't thrive on hard & intense, it's probably not the place for you to work.
The company itself says they promote from within- however they are extremely bias. If your not part of the in crowd, there you are just a number and not recognized for your contributions to the company, further more you are not and never will be promoted- without being in the circle of close nit employees.
Money was good
Constantly working for 6 months straight on an average of 22- 29 hours a day, I had no life.
I would not discourage anyone from going to work for Microsoft. Interesting work, great company and benefits. The quality of management varies greatly from office to office, but worth consideration.
Some senior managers are very poor
Working at Bing for me was an extremely competitive, challenging environment. I did however enjoy the process of learning & implementing incredibly detailed software toolchains & comfortably sank into most hours at my workstation without issue. Office politics were tough & quite opaque, thus being laid off was something I got over relatively quickly.
My time there was short, I was a contractor not a full employee. We were given a project and a time limit and set loose. we worked crazy hours, some time 90 hr a week or more but were paid very well for it.
great pay, good people
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My job requires many different mini tasks. I first check my email and instant message my leads and managers to get an update on the quality control process. I work closely with my teammates to provide the best quality work we can. I learn new Microsoft applications everyday. This includes Microsoft office, Outlook, and Skype. Some of what we do is data entry and some of what we do requires detail of Bing Map's imagery.
Free coffee, soft drinks, shuffleboard, arcade games, chess, flexible schedule.
Vague about future projects and moving departments, vague about job security based on available work.
Do not be taken into contract with Microsoft, unless you are prepared for a break neck pace, poor compensation for your effort and to be lost in the wood work as you are only going to be an expendable item in the large machine. If you plan to perform better then everyone else, don't, you'll be removed by politics and back channeling that will result in your ultimate cancellation, if you are looking for experience? you wont find much mindless tasks will be provided for you until you are eventually made obsolete by programing. Personally I recommend finding something your comfortable with, and that will pay off more then this job, because Microsoft wants you for the least amount of money possible and no they do not want to build a relationship with you.
no vacation, no benefits, no sympathy
I truly enjoy working for Microsoft. I have enjoyed my 9 months here under contract very much. The people are smart, friendly & helpful. I have learned a lot since my hire and look forward to continuing to grow professionally. I was kept busy and learned something new everyday here.
Fun environment, friendly, lots of diversity.
A lot of pressure to keep up.
A typical day was always something slightly different the next day as new maps would be available. After a couple days it became a fun thing to do and realize all the work that is being processed which I, myself can look at it today and know I helped with a huge project and helped Microsoft Bing meet that goal! The hardest part of the job was not to get going to fast through the maps or something small might pass you by so when I felt things were way too easy I would slow down moving across the map. My most enjoyable part of working there was having a really nice computer , cool people to work with! , Working for Microsoft, Using a large amount of imagination and attention to detail. ALL management there I encountered were very friendly and did their best to help all the HFE / 3D operators were busy , feed , hydrated , and encouraged breaks! yep! Microsoft Bing really opened my eyes and working with other operators we were able to produce 1000's of hours of work to bet our goal of production.
Nice place, its Microsoft, Free Coffee, its Microsoft, Awesome hands on experience editing live imagery.
Located 33 miles from my family which I would spend 5 extra hours commuting everyday.