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Review stack rank undermines culture.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

Cutting edge technology, smart peers, great pay and benefits. Great for career in the industry.

Cons

The review system is a stack rank. This means that good employees must be put into the bottom rung... someone's got to be in the bottom rung. I always did well come review time, but just the fact that it is run this way really undermines the collaboration and creativity that could exist at Microsoft. A very small number of folks are self serving jerks that will step on folks to work this system. Everybody else is just unsure of who to trust and fearful of making mistakes that will be held against them. People play it safe or work crazy hours to offset the failure associated with prototyping.
Every talk I have with every manager I've ever had there is all about how I can 'get visibilty'. It's not about how I can do a better job, or learn something new.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the stack rank!
Embrace a bit of failure as the price for innovation.

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    Software Development Engineer at MS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Work with may smart people.
    - They have a varied portfolio of products that you can move around inside the company depending on your interests.
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    Cons

    - Lots of politics and bureaucracy get in the way.
    - The review process is dependent on how you are perceived, not really based on what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the internal turf wars so that every team is striving for the same goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great learning and growtth experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PFE in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - PFE in Bucharest (Romania)

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

    Pros

    If you're determined you can have a very nice career growth and many options available to you.
    Depending on the position, you can access a wealth of trainings and travel can also be an option.

    Cons

    As in any large company, you cannot change everything you want.
    Also, politics may come into play from time to time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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