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"inward directed"

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Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

You get to work with smart people on interesting problems; it is hard to get hired, and if you make it through the review process that gives you a feeling of satisfaction

Cons

stack rank means a you are in a continuous cage match with your colleagues; it is a zero sum game. Product decisions (or non-decisions) are based more on intramural politics than external market opportunities. Tendency towards analysis paralysis as well.

Advice to Management

the world has changed; adapt or join the fossils

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "No team work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits. Private office for each person.

    Cons

    Depends on the team you land in, you may have difference experiences, but based on the review system, people negatively compete and it may get political and instead of trying to change the world, you end up being a politician, and forget the teamwork. They are many failure teams but because of other good teams, company still stands. So it is very crucial to know the team your joining before you accept the offer. And also make sure you ask for the review system because it will surprises you if you are a team player kind of person who sacrifices whereas the review system which is based on your individual shining and visibility. If you get to one of those teams, you end up more that 50% of your time on review system which takes your productivity and meaning the entire team down because it is the same story for all. There is a rumor they will change this broken review system in the following years, but no proof of that yet.

    Advice to Management

    A good manager should take of all these instead of putting it to everybody's shoulder. Anything that brings moral and productivity down and kills motivation and innovation should be avoided. This review system is against all the goodies of team work and a good manager should filter the team not infected with this.


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    "Microsoft -Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, ok benefits until the recent changes to healthcare, strong portfolio of products, name recognition

    Cons

    the stack ranking review process is all about politics, commission is not competitive in the market, quotas are ridiculously high

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the current stack ranking review process, assign quota fairly

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