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Microsoft Business Manager Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Business Program Manager"

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    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.


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    "Former Business Program Manager"

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    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.


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

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    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.


  6. "Great company!"

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    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


  7. "I loved working for Microsoft!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Process Outsourcing Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Business Process Outsourcing Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Work life balance
    Great people/leadership
    Great benefits - awesome maternity leave
    Amazing career opportunities
    Challenging work
    The company really cares about its people

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't have any. I didn't like the forced performance evaluation cycle but that was changed in 2014 for the best.

    Advice to Management

    Love all the recent changes!

  8. "Great company if you like to stay the course"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart Colleagues and lots of opportunities across teams

    Cons

    Can sometime feel like more bureaucracy.


  9. "Great opportunity for remote work"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All in all, strategy of current leadership is focused on the right areas, and across the board MSFT is a strong organization to work for with a good long-term vision in a highly competitive space.

    Cons

    Need to continue the focus on diverse hiring and pay equity.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for remote work to align with the way we're changing work.


  10. "Good Place to Work"

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    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

    Challenging problems to solve and smart people to push you to solve them. There is a lot of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Not really a con but always remember it is a business and you must look out for your own career as no one will do it for you at the company.