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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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    Great exposure to a variety of business processes and products.

    Prog Management (Former Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Dynamic environment; opportunities. If intereted and politics are in your… Cons: ability to move up. very politically motivated. Advice to Senior Management: different review process 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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    1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft used to be an amazing place to work, still has potential

    Principal PM (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

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


    Pros: Extremely smart people who want to work on tough challenges… Cons: Managers are IC's with little time to manage resources and the Culture has been spiraling downhill for some time. It… Advice to Senior Management: Collaboration and how to drive a team impact needs to be figured out and recognized above individual impact.… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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