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Microsoft Business Manager Reviews

Updated May 2, 2018
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  1. "Energizing Environment & GREAT People who want the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Global Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Performance Culture where results matter more than 'politics' that drive some other companies. The people are inspiring, hard working geniuses and great friends for life.

    Cons

    If you are looking to wait until things are perfectly structured before taking action, there are other corporations that are slow moving enough for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on Satya's awesome genuine empathy experience without compromising driving for excellence. Don't settle for low hanging fruit. Connect more to executive board's primary drivers, so you can deliver more than great tech solution!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A Top Tech Employer But Not Perfect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Satya Nadella has really changed the company for the better since taking over as CEO. The vast majority of employees now feel proud to work for Microsoft compared to the Ballmer era. Microsoft has great benefits (PTO, 401k match, new caregiver benefit, reimbursement for up to $800 in physical fitness, etc.) and flexible work arrangements. Work can be very rewarding and you have the ability to make a real impact on the world. The yearly MSReady conference in Las Vegas for field roles is quite fun with lots of opportunities to learn and a great way to recharge. Many friendly, intelligent, and hard-working people work at Microsoft. You'll learn a great deal.

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement Opportunities For Some People-
    If you don't live in WA state or nearby one of Microsoft's campuses, career advancement is very tough unless you want to stay in a sales-oriented or 90%-travel position.

    Difficult and Time Consuming to Move Around in the Company:
    The internal interview process to move into a new role or organization within the company is very slow (can take weeks or months), not at all transparent, and is a full-day interview experience just as external candidates have to face. Competition is fierce but if you're persistent it's possible to land a new position.

    Tools & Processes:
    Employees continually have low marks on yearly polling regarding having the right tools, reports, and processes in place to get our jobs done effectively. I haven't seen many improvements in the several years I've been here and don't expect many changes in the future either.

    Compensation:
    While the benefits are fantastic, the total compensation could be much better. I feel that salaries and stock rewards are falling behind compared to other top tier tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps consider remote workers as a diversity classification or category that you strongly suggest Redmond-based managers to consider when hiring. So many talented people cannot move to WA and find themselves frustrated at the lack of opportunities available in their own state. Keep up the great work in changing the company's culture - love the employee engagement and benefits initiatives.

  3. "Love"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great vision, strategy and leadership from the top

    Cons

    Not all orgs and team are yet aligned to the new vision


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, even if you’re smart."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning
    Ability to move between groups
    Good pay
    Great benefits
    Incredible tech experience even for marketing positions
    Cross functional team work provided great insight into
    other groups
    Learned a lot about analytics and data mining

    Cons

    Unless you have someone on your side it’s hard to move up
    Super political
    Sexual harassment in my group
    They continuously move you around to different bosses to keep you uncomfortable

    Advice to Management

    Monitor managers more closely.


  5. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft offers amazing learning and development opportunities. For people who like to operate in a high-powered and fast-paced environment, this is a great employer. For people who are not comfortable with constant change, not so much.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization of the company can be disruptive on many levels. Multiple rounds of layoffs lead to a culture where people do not feel encouraged to take bold risks. On the other hand, this has also changed Microsoft's culture for the better. Gone are the combative rivalries, and the dreaded employee stack review system.

    Advice to Management

    A decent amount of frustration occurs due to politics.
    Saw good careers stagnate due to chaotic leadership.


  6. "Stable environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relevant brand. Solid benefits. Competitive compensation for market. A solid place to build and grow a career. Opportunity to work on cool technology

    Cons

    Can rot away in teams. Responsible for driving your own career. Politics an bite you if unprepared. It's a large organization and can be hard to stand out


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + You're surrounded by a lot of smart people, most of which are eager to work until the job gets done, and enable the success of projects you own.
    + There's an abundance of opportunity to grow and learn, but leveraging the successes of other groups, team, and orgs within the company.
    + Benefits perks, and compensation are some of the best available in the market.
    + Microsoft not only funds continual growth and learning, but encourages it.
    + Due to the size and variety of work available, anyone with a progressive attitude can make a career out of working at Microsoft.

    Cons

    - Culture of trust is inconsistent across teams: some value and exemplify it, however too many still cultivate a profound fear of sharing opinions, ideas, and transparency around delivery commitments.
    - Microsoft very much still favors offshore resourcing to a fault, and at the expense of doing what's right for the customer, and caring for on-shore employees.
    - Re-employment is very difficult due to the 6 month break requirement, for post-employment. This occurs during the FTE to contractor role, or contractor to contractor role. However these rules are only applied to US based employees, while offshore are exempted from taking mandatory breaks.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be successful, then you need to own up to Satya's message of urging teams to foster a culture of trust. There are a lot of smart employees in the organization, however organizations like MSIT/CSE are handicapped by nearsighted and archaic management mentalities that put the bottom line ahead of treating employees as human beings.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Former Business Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits provided are top notch, including matching for charitable donations. One of the best perks of working at Microsoft is the access to the latest and great technology, and the ability to help shape future products and services.

    Cons

    As with any large company, layoffs can and do happen, in a very impersonal manner, which is how I left. Middle to upper management in some areas can be detached from the individual contributors, so it is your responsibility to wave your flag, it's a tough environment in some groups.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs to meet some arbitrary milestone forecasted a year or two in advance may not be executed in ways that are helpful to the company. Be wary of mass layoffs as a tool, as even those who remain are battle scarred.


  9. "I like the direction of the company under Satya. Would like to see this filter down to middle management."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get a good manager in addition to a great mentor and you're set.

    Cons

    I like the direction of the company under Satya. Would like to see this filter down to middle management. Unfortunately, there are still quite a few fixed mindsets.

    Advice to Management

    Really take a look at your team and adopt a growth mindset. Be the best leader you can be.


  10. "Great company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in any area of work you are interested in.
    Your career is in your own hands.

    Cons

    Policies and Procedures, not as Agile as smaller companies, some good managers, some bad managers.
    You often feel just like another number in a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing Azure to the towards #1 in the Cloud Battle