Lots of my coworkers came from Microsoft, and they all say it was a horrible place to work because of “stacked ranking”, according to which workers were graded against coworkers, on a curve, and the weakest workers were pushed out. It caused workers to avoid helping coworkers, for fear of giving them a leg up. And it interfered with cooperation and innovation.

Recently, Microsoft ended the practice of stacked ranking, but it’s being promoted in public schools, according to this article in AlterNet: Bill Gates Imposes Microsoft Model on School Reform: Only to Have the Company Junk It After It Failed