Microsoft Employee Reviews about "review system"

Updated 23 Jul 2020

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4.3
89%
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
11,681 Ratings
Pros
  • "It was great at an early stage in my career to be exposed to so many smart people(in 1917 reviews)

  • "Fantastic company with great benefits(in 1596 reviews)

Cons
  • "Performance review system is not too fair(in 538 reviews)

  • "There are no cons for this organisation(in 346 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Defensive and unsupportive work climate"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Editorial Escalation Specialist in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Some people who don't care about changing things and are ok with the antagonistic, competitive culture view this as a safe job for many years to come that offers security and some good benefits

    Cons

    - No interest in challenging the status quo / innovation. If you mention the elephant in the room you get to take it home. (As in, if you mention a problem you become the problem and your manager is unlikely to support you. - The review system forces managers to give negative reviews to a fixed percentage of their team, whether they deserve it or not. People are being calibrated against each other, which fosters and atmosphere of defensiveness, competitiveness and withholding of support

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  2. "Pros and Cons to work in Microsoft"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reputable Diversity Learning resources Fair benefit Access with latest technology

    Cons

    Limited opportunities outside Redmond Political Too many level of middle managers Bureaucratic Performance review system is not too fair

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company with amazing benefits"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Engineering Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Impact, Interesting work & CEO is the best

    Cons

    Politics at work, Sometimes it is hard to understand review system

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Meh... Just another company..."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart people. Some interesting projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Most management decisions are gut reactions trying to get parity with the competition. Performance review *still* uses forced stack ranking: we still must choose people to be labeled under-performance, no matter what. Management likes to imitate Facebook or Google in what saves money, such as open offices, but not on what makes them great, such as their performance review system.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0