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Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I have been working 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

1. Generally good benefits-- medical, dental, health club, PRIME (local attractions) discounts, etc.
2. Many smart people

Cons

1. Review process and calibration curve appears to favor and disfavor employees due to politics
2. Calibration curve results in limited partnerships/collaboration among peers in same band
3. My pet peeve: nearly all parking spaces are marked "compact" so SUVs regularly ding my door

Advice to Management

Peer reviews are suspect when the manager requires reviews from peers in the same calibration band. Many employees adopt a "Prisoner's Dilemma" philosophy. You don't want to be in a small, elite group like mine b/c when the bell curve is applied to small groups, these micro curves create an overtly political atmosphere when applied in the absence of hard performance metrics. My group does not have hard performance metrics.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good experience but little career growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is stable, good hours

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted, lots of red tape

    Advice to Management

    Change the review/calibration system.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Is V- contracting at Microsoft right for you?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good W2 hourly rate. End of contract is always in sight.

    Cons

    They treat their contractors like a red-headed step child. A group that is in trouble will hire a contractor to be the fall guy. Just know up front what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding for individual achievement and push towards team achievement. Makes for a less hostile environment.


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