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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. "Good Deal, Strong WL Balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance (depending on the group), a good compensation deal. A renewed focus on building the product stack.

    Cons

    Stack ranking means that you're competing with your team members, which strongly inhibits teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    If you're serious about rewarding working with each other, you need to change the stack rank system.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of roles - but it also means to get a very rounded experience you would have to do different roles - but you can do them across different teams - so life stays interesting

    Cons

    if Promos and pay are you thing - this is not a fast paced young company - so temper expectations


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