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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.

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just like other big companies in India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse product portfolio which brings opportunities to work on diverse domains. Good work is done by few teams in India. Rest all are back-office

    Cons

    Hierarchical org structure and the infamous stack ranking system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to work for goals and vision rather than competing with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics and stack ranking sap the fun out of the place

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great challenges working with some really smart people on software and products than impact literally millions of people

    Cons

    An ageist, cost cutting culture backed up by HR-by-rote, stack ranking with a forced curve and self congratulatory politics sucks the life out of you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize your best assets are your employees... give us a reason to stay (or return) and try to recover some of that fading glory before going the way of Lotus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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