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There is life beyond politics

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

There are lots of opportunities to explore within the same company; each group works like a separate company, which is good if you want to experiment with different technologies.

Cons

There are lots of politics. You will need to learn to navigate through it, or to find a way to avoid it altogether. People that get review are not only the brightest, but also the ones that can best communicate their talent/success.

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    The company has a lot of assets to leverage, but so far behind in mobile that it is hard to see how they catch up.

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people
    Breadth of activities - involved in all key areas of enterprise and consumer technology

    Cons

    The internal culture is corrosive. This may change with a new leader, but there is a long history on business divisions working as islands and not collaborating well.

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    Lots of smart people, constant change and navigating politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    You will get a chance to work with lots of smart people and there are lots of opportunities to work with people in different aspects of the business that you normally would not be exposed to. This also gives you a chance to explore career changes in different disciplines. Good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Review model is toxic at this company. The stack rank is truly a 'zero sum gain' type of model. (Someone who gains means someone will lose) So there is little incentive, from a review model perspective, to make your fellow peer look good. If they are your peer, they are competing for the exact same scores, salary, bonus, stock as you are. They encourage collaboration, but really it is collaboration with conditions (i.e, I will help you as long as I have more & look better than you do).

    Also it encourages you to NOT take on risks for the year; so you are better to play it safe. So what you get left with is a group of very smart people, who are hesitant to take on too much risks, reluctant to make others look good and makes you think through how you are playing your politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the stack rank. Hire smart people and acknowledge their worth, encourage innovation, true collaboration and risk taking. Do not mandate a certain % be labeled inadequate to make your math work out.

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