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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Half a what? - Reviews, The Company Meeting, and Then Some...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Looking Forward - Reviews, The Company Meeting, and Then Some...":

"Meanwhile, there's a whole generation of aggressive, smart, visionary leaders in the L64-L66 ranks who just need an opportunity to show what they can do (yes, I'm referring to myself as well). To me, that is the first and foremost reason why I'm even thinking beyond the compensation issue and still pondering leaving.

I simply don't believe that Microsoft can innovate quickly enough, nor do I believe Microsoft affords aggressive, visionary employees an environment in which they can thrive and feel satisfied with the products they build."

Wow! Are you listening Bill, Steve, Ray, Brad, etc.? This is coming from what I believe to be a highly motivated, competent, innovative employee who is feeling h-o-p-e-l-e-s-s!

And, do you see the imbalance here with partners receiving big bucks and actually sucking the lifeblood out of your passion...your company?! Nature abhors this vacuum!

You simply must do something about this or...perish. As one writer put it..."not now, not next month but...10 years from now?"

C'mon guys, get half a sack!

(Sorry, I'm putting that "half a ____" on notice. No more.)


  • I agree. Microsoft has invested heavily in the recruitment and development of the senior levels of GM (L68) and above - mostly on the above portion. The company has also invested heavily in new college hires, revamped NEO, and upped the profile / investment in various mentor programs. But what about the middle?? What about those L64-66?? Leaving in droves it appears. I came to the company to work on the "wave of innovation" and I bought the sales pitch hook, line and sinker. I arrived and sinker was probably the most appropriate description of what was in store. My career is stalling at Microsoft - a career that included leadership positions is some much more highly regarded companies that really do hire some of the best and brightest. The only best I've seen at Microsoft is the group best at politics, showmanship, and backstabbing. No wonder we can't ship things on time - the "leadership" is too busy backstabbing each other to provide any kind of true leadership to the people who actually get the work done. And all the hoopla about making better managers - right. The people management bar is so low at Microsoft you could trip over it - it's appalling. Sadly, the worst people managers tend to get promoted faster. If you're a good people manager and you're in the L64-66 crowd you're basically done. You'll never get promoted up because you're too much of a threat to the establishment

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 4, 2006 at 8:40 AM  

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