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Stack ranking review system is cancerous

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

Pros

Good equipment, training and learning opportunities, flexible work hours

Cons

Pay is not at the level of Google, Facebook or Apple.
Stack ranking system at appraisal time leads to back stabbing. It's more about your image and how people perceive you rather than your actual performance. Those who know how to play the game will succeed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Review system needs a drastic overhaul.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Vision of random decisions

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Company is made up of very hardworking individual contributors.

    Cons

    Management is all about saving their own jobs. Recreating the dirction the company is heading every 6 months prevents any progress from being made. A true, long term (5 year) plan is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotating the tires is not the solution to 4 flat tires. Cut the dead wood out of top managment. Replace it with people with a long term vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Times Are Changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great people who believe in the vision, love to talk technology, passionate about changing the world.

    Cons

    Executive leadership trying to create a "sales culture", using a Walmart model. A byproduct of this approach is a consistent culling of technology-focused individual contributors, in favor of bringing pure sales people in from other companies.

    Employee Review system is broken, outdated, and assumes that every team has someone that should be fired. Microsoft is trying to become a "Devices & Services" company, recognizing that devices are very personal. Unfortunately, the devices are designed to push the Windows/Office platform, which is not necessarily what consumers and businesses want anymore. Sometimes "good enough" is good enough.

    Management always talks about how much opportunity there is at Microsoft, but they neglect to mention that you must live in Redmond to get it (some exceptions, but for the most part, this is still true.)

    Benefits used to be amazing, but with recent changes, employees are forced to become their own adjusters, negotiating directly with care-providers and cross-checking EOB forms for completion/accuracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the pendulum swing so far toward sales that you forget the techie folks who built Microsoft in the first place. If Microsoft is to be a truly global company, and if you want the best talent possible, don't force people to move to Redmond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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