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"Good place to work but lost it's way"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good benefits, work environment and generally good people to work with. Lot's of opportunities to move internally and also to move internationally

Cons

The review system is Microsoft's achilles heel in terms of talent management. It favours those who are very good at working the system rather than doing an excellent job. This means that getting your bonus is based very subjectively depending on how well you get on with your boss and how well they get on with their boss. The scorecard mentality also put the focus internally rather than to the customer

Advice to Management

Scrap the stack ranking process

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Up or out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got to work with some great folks.

    Cons

    If you are not promoted on a regular cycle, you are moved out of the company. Stack ranking creates a competitive environment that is detrimental to innovation and improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of stack ranking.


  2. "Excellent business people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Product Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Product Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Great caliber of peers
    Commitment to healthy workplace
    Clear business direction

    Cons

    Process heavy
    Bureaucratic
    Focused on maintaining status quo

    Advice to Management

    Reward risk

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