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Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070HIIDC
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lawrence on February 26, 2012
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I've read almost every book about Microsoft ever written, starting in high-school and continuing for the last 11 years of my career there. "Microsoft in the Mirror" was probably the closest in style to this book, focused on personal stories from inside the company.

The problem with "Stack Rank This!" (an admittedly great title) is that there's really very little story here. The book reads like a long-form comment on the Mini-Microsoft blog, an extended set of bitter anecdotes about working at the company. There are a few interesting bits (stories of his and her childhoods) but the discussion of the actual work at Microsoft is limited to a few anecdotes about bad managers and disappointments. Both worked in MSIT as analysts, so their roles are significantly different than the folks who work in product teams; it was interesting to hear about how challenging it is to work in internally-facing groups.

As a member of a Microsoft couple myself, I know that this pair must have better stories-- for instance, how did they first meet at work? How was it to date while working on the same team? Was there drama around that? Etc.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Pete Brown on March 27, 2012
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I wanted to like this book. I also wanted to avoid writing this review, as clearly the couple who wrote it are hurting inside, and I didn't want to hurt them further. However, I just can't, in good conscience, let it stand out there with anything above a single star.

I work at Microsoft. I don't know the two authors or the environments they worked in. I'm not questioning the truth of their stories or the obvious pain they went through. Most of all, I'm not defending Microsoft or taking sides.

What I am doing, however, is pointing out how truly horrible this book was.

There are so many insightful things that someone can say about how Microsoft operates, how employees are evaluated, and much more. In a company as big as Microsoft, there are lots of interesting stories. This book had none of them. With as much time at Microsoft as this couple had, there's so much they could have said.

You ever have an annoying semi-friend who dumps all their problems on you? You feel like you should help just to keep this person from doing something drastic, but you're not invested enough to really care. You just keep hoping the conversation will end sometime soon, or move on to more interesting topics. This book is that conversation.

This book marks the first time I've ever felt "used" by an author. I expected insight, I expected ideas, I expected coherence and maybe even some interesting dirt, but what I got was a very long therapy session where *I*, the reader, had to play the part of the quiet therapist. The authors both say they went to therapy, but I feel like maybe they didn't get their money's worth, as they wanted to inflict the rest of the therapy on you. I bet they felt better after writing it. I really hope they did.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By chic01000 on March 6, 2012
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I commend the couple who wrote this book - it must have taken courage to leave and to write about their experiences. I found the book to be a bit short (I would like to have known more about their lives during and after they left). But I liked how they weaved in their personal stories and how we often replicate family issues at work, especially in corporate situations. I found it to be at times poetic. I hope they expound upon their experiences and insights. The world needs to see how people are really treated in these huge, wealthy corporations, and ESPECIALLY how people can take back their life force and creativity to benefit a more just and kinder world.
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One of the things I learned near the end of my tenure at Microsoft (ironically from a Google tech talk) was the value of building the right "it" before building "it" right. This story is one that absolutely needs to be told [the right "it"], and while the quality of the writing is low at times [building "it" right], I'd rather see someone publish an imperfect book on this topic than see this book not published because it's not written well enough. And that's why I give it 4 stars even though the quality of the writing is lower than that.

As an ex-Microsoft employee, a lot of the topics in this book resonate with me, and while everyone's experience at Microsoft is different, and I've seen a lot of the problems that this book describes. My main criticism is that the book is not very well-written at times, and the production value is a bit low. But given how traumatic the authors' experience was, I don't want to hold that against them too much, as it must have been difficult to tell their story at all.

Whatever your view on Microsoft, good or bad, it's a very honest book that will jump-start a discussion that needs to be had about Microsoft's culture.
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This is a rather tiresome work bent on unloading of personal grievances. The two authors seem to have a lot of issues with their former employer, and use this book as a means of... well, I really did not get exactly what. There really does not seem much of a point to this book - there is no particular reason (at least one that would be evident) for writing the book, the perspective is very personal, and many of the "facts" as presented here seem to be either second-hand conjecture or at least poorly researched.
There really isn't even all that much anecdotal value to this book, it really does not shed much light to the history, organization or development of Microsoft, nor does it really tell us much about what the company is, how it operates or any other insight. Just a bunch of poorly edited collection of small stories, with not much to tie them all into a larger whole.
A disappointing read.
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