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Not the company it used to be

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Optimized Desktop Specialist in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Optimized Desktop Specialist in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great Benefits, Beautiful Campus, Awesome Parties, They love to blow money on alcohol, no drug testing because 75% of the company would get fired!

Cons

Major Management Problems, A review system that makes you want to leave Microsoft.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of Ballmer and Lisa in HR before it's too late.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Political Climate and Performance System inhibits innovation

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

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

    Pros

    Great software and products with some innovation behind closed doors

    Cons

    Politics across teams, lack of sharing information to be effective, performance system leaves 60% of the company frustrated which impacts productivity, difficult to be agile in your role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, recognize performance, share information, trash performance tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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