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"Review stack rank undermines culture."

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Cutting edge technology, smart peers, great pay and benefits. Great for career in the industry.

Cons

The review system is a stack rank. This means that good employees must be put into the bottom rung... someone's got to be in the bottom rung. I always did well come review time, but just the fact that it is run this way really undermines the collaboration and creativity that could exist at Microsoft. A very small number of folks are self serving jerks that will step on folks to work this system. Everybody else is just unsure of who to trust and fearful of making mistakes that will be held against them. People play it safe or work crazy hours to offset the failure associated with prototyping.
Every talk I have with every manager I've ever had there is all about how I can 'get visibilty'. It's not about how I can do a better job, or learn something new.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the stack rank!
Embrace a bit of failure as the price for innovation.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great HR, Benefits, People and Programs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People - most are smart, accessible and down-to-earth
    Benefits & Environment - stable, comfortable, nurturing
    Work-Life Balance - excellent
    Programs - some excellent executive/education programs (including MACH for new grad hires)
    Office - cafes, central commons, nice campus, beautiful greater Seattle scenery

    Cons

    Meetings & Hierarchy - as with many big companies, there can be a culture of too many meetings or needing buy-in for many people/groups, which slows down projects and product development (esp. unhelpful for tech)

    Advice to Management

    Help out any way you can to facilitate red tape/buy-in around projects for subordinates. Having to move slowly or navigate too much bureaucracy can hurt motivation/output of junior employees


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    "Demanding job but you get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers; encouraged to innovate; good benefits, beautiful campus locations

    Cons

    They promote work-life balance but in words only. The employees who get recognized at all-hands meetings are those who worked 60 hour weeks and never took time off.

    Advice to Management

    Employees get burned out too soon when they have no life outside of work. If you are going to encourage work-life balance, you need to really mean it.

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