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Working as Program Manager in Microsoft

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Working on great innovations and great technology

Cons

No cons at this tme

Advice to Management

Continue to change the company strategy

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Your experience will depend on your manager and leadership.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a good manager will allow you room to learn and grow and will support you and your work

    Cons

    products being released simply mimic other companies' hits (except Xbox)
    the culture doesn't emphasize importance of good management
    there is absolutely no humanity or compassion left in the company
    leadership is deluded that the review system is helpful and doesn't encourage competition within teams

    Advice to Management

    stop reviewing on a curve. it's ok to not be completely transparent with compensation information. start treating people as humans instead of commodities

  2. The Microsoft Office Software Development Environment is Terrible.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft does lots of things, so there are lots of opportunities.
    Microsoft salary and benefits are great.
    C# and SQLServer are quality products.

    Cons

    The Microsoft Office software development environment is the worst I've seen anywhere. I simply could not get work done in that environment. Way too many people could break my development and test environments, and it happened continuously. I spent almost all of my time overcoming broken development environments so that I could do my work.

    Advice to Management

    Fund a total revamp of the Microsoft Office software development and test environments.
    Spend money documenting the architecture of your systems and training developers in that architecture, instead of forcing them to learn it on demand. When they learn on demand, they don't learn it well, and this results in increasingly hacked implementations, mountains of bugs, and undependable software from the customer's prospective.

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