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"If you want to just work then this is the company"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Hyderabad (India)
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Hyderabad (India)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Lot many opportunities, if you are looking for career options

Cons

Rat race between peer employees

Advice to Management

Remove the stack ranking system

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Amazing benefits and many opportunities. Competitive culture."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits around make this an amazing place to work.
    Passionate and smart co-workers.
    Great focus on community and giving.

    Cons

    Competitive culture as a result of review system that stack ranks employees against each other. This alone is the most disheartening aspect of working at Microsoft as excellent performers can get average rankings since they are compared to other excellent peers. It also causes a lot of politics in the name of "visibility". Too much focus on internal politics and measures lead to an incredible amount of time spent on internal meetings and focus.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review system to stop forced stack ranking of employees. Reduce internal scorecard tracking.


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    "Microsoft is a good place to work, but there are some downsides"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many smart people working at Microsoft, so there is a good opportunity to learn how to develop software. From multiple projects available, everybody can find something interesting to do.

    Cons

    Obviously the performance review model at Microsoft is far from perfect. The idea behind it is not entirely bad I think, but in reality, it is not working as supposed. The entire teams can be ranked lower because the higher management has changed and has different priorities now or values different kind of work.

    Advice to Management

    Change performance model, make it more related to the project success. You want engineers to develop great products, not to compete against each other. It breaks the team spirit and sometimes forces great guys to leave the company.


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