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Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great company but you need to create your own career

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    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people and love the work

    Cons

    Lots of politics and a maturing company means there's not as much opportunity to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    it all depends on your manager(s) and the teams

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    reasonable stable place. nice benefits. if you don't like the team, or simply got tired of the same old routine/technology/building - generally not too hard to find a different one to work for. free drinks.

    Cons

    no upside for the stock.
    your growth depends on your manager(s) and the team you're on, less on yourself.
    Unlike some others, no free food. free sodas (bad for health). Cafe food quality really not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't always be a follower - take Microsoft the a new direction where others would like to follow, instead of following (shiny) paths others are already leading and well ahead of the way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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