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Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple [Kindle Edition]

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"Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple" is a book written by two ex-Microsoft employees that reveals the truth about bullying and burnout at the software giant.  Through their personal stories, the authors offer insight into the causes of burnout and what they did to survive it.

The authors are two ordinary people that want to give a voice to those that cannot or will not tell the story of what is going on at Microsoft.

This book is an example of how the corporate world can hijack your life and the consequences of allowing it to happen.  It is a collection of some of their most outrageous stories about what goes on at Microsoft and what it taught them.  It's their insight into what they think about the culture at the company, how it affected them and how they grew stronger from their experience.

It is a personal story of survival, overcoming adversity and how they found the way back to themselves.

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  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070HIIDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Espresso Shot: Short and Bitter 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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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel so used 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read but bad impression August 6, 2012
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A very interesting story, good case study for HR professionals. However, the book itself is of poor quality printing, the leaves are of poor quality and the covers are very thin. Anyway, this does not make a bad purchase. Highly recommended;)
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book looking for an inside out view from Microsoft but was somewhat disappointed with the lack of details on the experiences both former employees described.

All in all, it looks that the book was written from blurred/scattered "memoirs" filled with emotional/back-in-the-days-reasoning instead of facts. At some point, I started skimming through out the phrases looking for some useful information but it was rarely there. I have several friends working in big software companies including MSFT and heard similar complains as this book brings. However this book is no better than my friends' complains, failing to help me understand what is broken and what could be made to fix.
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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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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing from the Corporate Culture 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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