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"Politics and stack ranking sap the fun out of the place"

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Great challenges working with some really smart people on software and products than impact literally millions of people

Cons

An ageist, cost cutting culture backed up by HR-by-rote, stack ranking with a forced curve and self congratulatory politics sucks the life out of you

Advice to Management

realize your best assets are your employees... give us a reason to stay (or return) and try to recover some of that fading glory before going the way of Lotus

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

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    - Great work life balance
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    Cons

    - Performance rating system can be improved

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012 – Marketing Manager

    Thank you very much for this review, very helpful for those researching Microsoft!


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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is better as compared to other companies.
    Great benefits.
    Smart co-workers.
    Option to change product group.

    Cons

    Contentious performance review model - visibility gets rewarded more than collaboration.

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