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"Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

1. Generally good benefits-- medical, dental, health club, PRIME (local attractions) discounts, etc.
2. Many smart people

Cons

1. Review process and calibration curve appears to favor and disfavor employees due to politics
2. Calibration curve results in limited partnerships/collaboration among peers in same band
3. My pet peeve: nearly all parking spaces are marked "compact" so SUVs regularly ding my door

Advice to Management

Peer reviews are suspect when the manager requires reviews from peers in the same calibration band. Many employees adopt a "Prisoner's Dilemma" philosophy. You don't want to be in a small, elite group like mine b/c when the bell curve is applied to small groups, these micro curves create an overtly political atmosphere when applied in the absence of hard performance metrics. My group does not have hard performance metrics.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "great experience, team, portfolio"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    creative, smart people, fast paced environment, benefits

    Cons

    tough, competitive environment, long commute,

    Advice to Management

    more effecient process


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Variety of products (xbox, windows, phone, office, bing, etc) offer broad opportunities
    + Flexible work hours and great benefits
    + Very competitive pay

    Cons

    + Image/perception
    + Businesses could leverage each other more
    + Typical politics, but doesn't feel worse than other large companies

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