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Endless 'Re-Orgs' and working for the Borg

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Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Some of the UX experts with whom I had the pleasure of working were the most brilliant people/artists I have ever met. Many of the engineers met this criteria as well

Cons

The company overall has become quite lost and needs to re-define its identity. There were 5 different re-orgs when I was there which negatively effected morale in a big way. Research and white papers are presented in cute meetings but don't actually lead to any apps or new systems/process.The current review process is the most ridiculous system I've ever experienced and leads to many people leaving. Everyone is graded on a 'curve' and someone on the team has to get the lowest score (a 5). It's completely retarded, as I never met a single developer/artist who wasn't brilliant and didn't deserve a 1/2 but that's not how it works!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have proven to me that you will likely not read this and even if you do, nothing will actually change.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    I wouldn't want to go back...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good compensation, benefits, and perks. Very bright people.

    Cons

    The review system is unfair and dehumanizing. Stack ranking pits an employee against their peers and destroys morale and teamwork.

    Too much emphasis placed on your visibility and not actual work.

    Managers have 'good attrition' commitments and once you are targeted life can become pretty miserable until you are managed out or leave.

    If you are at t level too long, you will be fired. "Up or out". The analogy my skip level manager told me was that anyone that stays at level too long is like arterial plaque on the corporate body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the stack ranking review system. Learn some decency and humanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with many career options - if you're an engineer or programmer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Work with/for brilliant, intelligent people
    - Worldwide resources and name recognition
    - Opportunities for career growth
    - Higher-than-average pay and benefits packages

    Cons

    - Performance evaluation subjective and secretive
    - Not for creative people - company is by and for engineers and programmers
    - Poor work/life balance
    - Company is mature - changes in organizational structure inevitable - and possibly painful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More openness in the annual performance reviews
    - Provide a supportable, but competitive environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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