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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 for 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.

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Flexible and fun

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of variety in the things you can do, this compay had hundreds of teams working on hundreds of different products & services from healthcare to education to automotive to games. The fun never stops.

    Cons

    A large company means things flow top down, means a lot of teams to coordinate with, means cost cutting, means beaurocracy and less autonomy. There is still the old-boys club mentality though it is slowly changing. Not very many women at the top, especially in engineering.

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    telecommuting is the future of tomorow's workplace, and a great way to save.

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in 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 year a big change in the medical benefits but still probably in top 10%
    Despite the awful stack ranking HR system which encourages backstabbing, there's actually a lot of good teamwork and camaraderie at the work group level

    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) For those of us crowded at the upper director, senior director roles, it's pretty ugly and there's a lot of people leaving or planning to at that level. Very few career opportunities to advance for people with experience.
    Uninspired executives
    Totally Redmond-centric, not really a global company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our HR system is at total odds with the culture you say you want to create. We all know it. Do something.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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