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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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    A good place to work

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a good company to work for. It offers:
    - Good benefts, such as good pay, good health benefits, child care help
    - Many groups and products to work on, so there is a breadth of technological space covered
    - Very diverse work styles in different teams, some with v1 culture, other much more mature

    Cons

    - Smaller pay than other big companies in the field
    - Some benefits that others offer (like free food) are not seen
    - Some teams have a lot of process to follow, which slows them down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    sdet 2

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good work, good compensation, good perks

    Cons

    work life balance, deadlines, deliverables

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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