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May 18, 2006 at 11:39 AM

Microsoft Town Hall today

There’s quite a buzz about an all-employee meeting at Microsoft today, and Mini-Microsoft, the blogging authority on workplace issues at the company, is hoping for big changes.

An anonymous post on the widely followed Mini blog said earlier this week CEO Steve Ballmer told employees at the company’s Silicon Valley Campus that Microsoft “will announce substantial changes to the employee review system on May 18.”

Microsoft’s PR folks confirmed that there will be an all-employee town hall meeting today beginning at 2 p.m., but they couldn’t talk about what’s on the agenda.

Mini wrote today:

I’d love Microsoft to start its big internal defrag today, shrugging off the past of dysfunctional competitive reviews unattached to team success. I’d love Microsofties to stop focusing on succeeding by gaming the system and to start justly succeeding by producing great customer-focused results. … I’d love our review and compensation system to be so straightforward and fair that it just fades into the background of everyday worklife.

Stay tuned.

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