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Review stack rank undermines culture.

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet rid of the stack rank!
Embrace a bit of failure as the price for innovation.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    It's a big company, with all the pluses and minuses

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Love the people I work with -- team, customers and Microsoft partners The quality of the work is interesting and intellectually rich Benefits have been outstanding, this… Cons: Internal politics truly Machiavellian It's a better place for either junior people starting their career or for the so-called "partner" level people (L68 and over)… Advice to Senior Management: Our HR system is at total odds with the culture you say… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Less good than seems to be, but maybe because the Managers on Site where I worked for were weak.

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year


    Pros: The Company provides good benefits Cons: When some problem are related, the Management of Microsof ignores. Advice to Senior Management: They need to be more sincere, commited and they have… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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