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- Print Length: 111 pages
- Publication Date: January 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070HIIDC
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Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is inspirational and from the heart. It is dead on and I appreciate the authors abilities to share such personal stories.Published on January 9, 2014 by Paige Verwolf
While the story is slightly interesting, it comes off as sour grapes. It doesn't provide great insight into Microsoft and the way they treat employees.Published on January 14, 2013 by Michelle L. Bozeman
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. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Tomás Lalanne
I got a lot out of this book and I liked the quick read. I really like the way the authors wove their personal backgrounds into what was happening and I could see how this lead... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Full disclosure, I am a current MS employee in lower management. I've worked at MS for more than 5 years.
Like other reviewers I too wanted to like this book. Read more
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. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Bento Carneiro