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Senior Security Program Manager – new

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are seeking a strong and seasoned PM for a position that has an emphasis on security for client software and services. This position…

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IT Program Manager, Senior

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Engineering team is looking for a Senior Program Manager to help manage…

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Program Manager, Senior - MCIO – new

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We deliver the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's over 200 online businesses including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox…

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Senior Program Manager – new

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

We are looking for an experienced senior PM to energize our team and build compelling features which have recognizable business value. As an…

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Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation Hyderābād

Introduction to group/job Are you looking for work in the most interesting business in Microsoft? Do you want to help deliver quality Line of…

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Hardware Program Manager, Senior - Microsoft Devices Group - Xbox

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

As a senior program manager, you are responsible for leading a cross-functional team of…

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Senior Compliance Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Are you looking for a challenge that puts you at the center of Microsoft's Devices and Services strategy? Are you passionate about solving the…

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Program Manager, Senior - ICE

Microsoft Vancouver, WA

The ICE Travel team is responsible for delivering rich, engaging Travel experiences in websites and apps across a range of platforms. We have… Glassdoor

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Senior Program Manager- O – new

Microsoft Dublin

As the industry undergoes a profound transition to services and devices, we are at the heart of re-inventing how Office is delivered to consumers… Glassdoor

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Senior Program Manager (10-12 yrs.)Microsoft India (R and D) Pvt LtdHyderabad /

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    Thoughts after 10 years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)


    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.


    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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