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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.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Let you do your thing
    Huge learning opportunities
    Access to the latest technology
    No micromanagement from the managers
    Encourage initiative

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement
    Some office politics is unavoidable
    Everything takes very long

    Advice to Management

    Talk to engineers, not middle management


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    "Life at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job had a good Work life balance

    Cons

    Too many groups doing similar things. No consolidation of efforts


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