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Wish it were better

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

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

Pros

Good Benefits, salary and equipment

Cons

Strange Culture, out of touch with regular people. Most everyone acts like they are better than the rest of the world.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring back Bill so the the company can innovate again.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good place to work but lost it's way

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work environment and generally good people to work with. Lot's of opportunities to move internally and also to move internationally

    Cons

    The review system is Microsoft's achilles heel in terms of talent management. It favours those who are very good at working the system rather than doing an excellent job. This means that getting your bonus is based very subjectively depending on how well you get on with your boss and how well they get on with their boss. The scorecard mentality also put the focus internally rather than to the customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the stack ranking process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stack ranking doesn't reward innovation

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. They have great technical challenges and I always had enough hardware and software resources to do my job.

    Cons

    The work culture is competitive to a fault. The forced stack-ranking causes behaviors that undermine a collaborative innovative environment. Every manager that tried to work around the system was replaced. Most employees move around the company regularly and engineers who try to become deep experts are penalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate stack ranking. Reward pure innovation. Invest in individuals growth and encourage deep expertise..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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