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Program Manager II (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

ProsGood Salary & Benefits
Intelligent people
Plenty of exciting projects
Challenging
Plenty of scope to grow
Strong engineering culture
Plenty of opportunities within the company
Fun place to work

ConsStack ranking
Excessive politics
Visibility over substance
People tend to get stuck at middle levels
Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
Not enough women in engineering roles
Risk taking is not rewarded
Managers are not as strong as they could be

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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