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Senior Program Manager – new

Microsoft Washington, DC

government agencies need. As a Senior Program Manager in the team, you will… Ivy Exec


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Microsoft Redmond, WA

We are seeking an experienced, savvy and versatile Senior Program Manager who has a proven track… Ivy Exec


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Microsoft Redmond, WA

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Senior Program Manager – new

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA

such as schedule management, risk and issue management, status reporting, driving triage and… Beyond.com


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Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

As part of the Operating System Services group in OSG, the Marketplace services team builds and delivers the highly-scalable, robust commerce… Beyond.com


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Senior Program Manager – new

Microsoft Corporation Shanghai

CEG was established with the mission of Winning Cloud in China to address unique opportunities offered by the Cloud transformation in China. We are… Beyond.com


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Senior Program Manager – new

Microsoft Corporation Hyderābād

• Own the local product • Be the voice of the local user • Be a keen student of local trends and competition; identify opportunities to continually… Beyond.com


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Senior Program Manager, Information and Content Experiences. – new

Microsoft Toronto

for the Canadian market. Join us at this exciting time as we fuse the best of app and Web to impact the lives of millions of users. Key… Glassdoor


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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)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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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