Amazon’s perf review system is a copy of Microsoft’s old one?

Nov 24, 2019 12 Comments

https://qz-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/qz.com/work/1539071/how-microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-rebuilt-the-company-culture/amp/

in this article it describes MS old perf review system where they had to stack rank everyone (forced curve) and bad mark prevented people changing teams. Very similar to what Amazon does today.
Did those fired HRs from Microsoft come to Amazon with their perf review system?

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  • Amazon TCtothaMAX
    Having just left Microsoft, I can tell you that stack ranking is still very much of their process.
    Nov 24, 2019 2
    • Tyler Technologies batwomannn
      Is it? I thought it went away. Also thought Microsoft was a place to “chill” these days.
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Amazon 8hr7jb
      Microsoft is no way a place to chill anymore especially Azure.
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Google TC 600K
    Everyone does this to some degree or another, because it's the only thing you can do if you want a system that rewards high performance and addresses low performance.
    Nov 24, 2019 3
    • Qualtrics cbdsfvbhg
      OP
      Right but not forced one.
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Google TC 600K
      Yes, but that gets into murky territory.

      How much is the distribution enforced, at what org size, etc. There is nothing wrong with stack ranking to rough percentage buckets across a thousand people. There is something wrong with applying a fixed curve to a team of 10. Where it should sit in between those two is up for debate.

      Headlines are all about distilling the issue down to it's least intelligent form.
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Microsoft ltYe87
      Numbers are enforced at gm/cvp level
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Microsoft Blahahahah
    Its called calibration. We still have forced Attrition and stack ranking.
    Nov 24, 2019 2
    • Qualtrics cbdsfvbhg
      OP
      So it is not true what is written in the article?
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Microsoft Blahahahah
      Correct. We just hide everything while lying to our people.
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Microsoft Dr.Zero
    We need a union to protect us from those peverts.
    Nov 24, 2019 0
  • Microsoft Dev2.0
    In some ways I was thankful for the old system. I’ve heard it happen too many times where bad managers will try to get you to write extra fluff and hide behind the new system (who used you? who’d you use? how’d other people leverage your work?), instead of bringing to light any/all of your accomplishments and recognizing the true impact you made.
    Nov 24, 2019 0

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