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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)

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Get rid of the stack rank!
Embrace a bit of failure as the price for innovation.

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  1. Great exposure to a variety of business processes and products.

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment; opportunities. If intereted and politics are in your favor ability to take advantage of these opportunities.

    Cons

    ability to move up. very politically motivated.

    Advice to Management

    different review process

  2. Average

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources
    Fact pace
    Solid company with lots of product offerings in many areas
    Solid presence in enterprise (large to SMB)

    Cons

    Difficult to innovate
    Have yet to see the changes needed for the company to be great again
    Yet to figure out how to deal with open source and cloud/big data

    Advice to Management

    Change.

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