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Software engineer

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Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great benefits.
Smart people (If you happen to work in a good team)
Great work life balance
Decent salary and performance bonus

Cons

Benefits are not on par with silicon valley standards (no free food)
Office interiors look drab and outdated
Projects still take a long time to release. Though this is getting better recently

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Shake up the work culture. Award star performers more and manage out low performers
Open up the offices and create a more collaborative work environment.
Ship fast and fail fast.
Improve the benefits like free food and great parties on fridays

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    microsoft stack rank system

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    Former Employee - Test Lab Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Test Lab Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    benefits and people are incredible, abilities to grow are indefinite, flexible schedule allows home and work to get done

    Cons

    stack rank system is terrible enabling constant peer to peer competition "i'm better than you" on-going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be whole. Be right bound, build great people, do not accept 'pals' and browners, the mark of poor managers, be about what makes a powerful enterprise, currently MS is correcting pathways, but remains to be seen as to outcome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Performance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    It's stream lined and no rating system and no peer comparison, it's purely on individual contribution on what is committed.

    Cons

    it is not clear how dollar amount is distributed without rating system, there is some level of ambiguity exists, more pool of people will be in the mid bracket.

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