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Microsoft Engineering Program Manager Reviews

Updated Feb 12, 2018

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  1. "It was great until they divested this part of their business"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Outstanding comp, benefits, and stock sharing. Yearly Stock awards that vest over 5 years are a great way to retain top talent. Other tech companies should take note...

    Cons

    Things can become bureaucratic and you can get lost if you're not a self starter and able to influence others for your cause. Rating system was overly reliant on goal commitments made early on in the review cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Basing salary merit increases on ones commitments without constantly seeing if those are in line with current business strategy can motivate in the wrong direction.

    Microsoft2018-02-12
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Meh, benefits are great depends on group you are in"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, good for your resume, lots of internal training and information available

    Cons

    Even though they have a new CEO and purpose in life, there are still too many "old school" Microsofties and politics going on to say they are really progressive. Plus, the are on a steady diet of laying off people and replacing with H1Bs. Make no mistake this is a real business plan for MS

    Advice to Management

    Cull old school MS and their "empire building" and "not built here" approach to solving business problems.

    Microsoft2017-10-21
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Exhilarating and exhausting. Inspirational and demanding."

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people overall. Lots of highly motivated, quick thinking individuals. It's a great environment to push the boundaries of your knowledge and capabilities constantly.

    Cons

    Can be really hard to make real change happen. Layers of management and often rigid thinking can prevent that. You'll encounter a fair few egos too. But the good generally outweighs the bad.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and ideas. Satya is a huge advocate for this and yet in product groups it can be so difficult to get good ideas approved up the ranks quickly enough.

    Microsoft2016-08-04
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, limited opportunities for women"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, huge opportunities to learn, great leadership, company on a great path for future

    Cons

    Limited female leadership or opportunities for women, multiple levels of white, middle aged male managers with zero female directs.

    Microsoft2016-07-10
  5. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong foundation, you just have to be bit lucky to get good manager. Rest company wise..very good learning

    Cons

    Too much politics and if you are not able to sell your agenda, then you are trailing

    Advice to Management

    I think change in C executives would bring better older days. But this is my take, might be wrong

    Microsoft2016-05-27
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the long-term"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work for a few years, but be aggressive about pursuing your own skills, and be prepared to move on at any time.

    Cons

    The longer you are there, the more political your experience becomes. You'll need to battle your peers for good reviews, promotions, and raises. The smartest and most technical seldom win -- it's usually the most vocal and obnoxious.

    Advice to Management

    Calibration / "talent review" conversations are not productive. They cause lots of angst throughout the company. Might not call them calibrations any more, but the engender the same bad behaviors.

    Microsoft2015-10-07
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Corrupt Plutocracy over-rewards those at the top at the cost of everyone else, including customers"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and the campus is a beautiful place to work.

    Cons

    Review system is extraordinarily painful, demoralizing and unnecessary. Culture is that all 'real' work is done by vendors, so in order to succeed you have to have skills in finding money to pay for them. Forget anything you've learned about technology -- you'll rarely use it in your real work. Outside employers know this, and it makes it very hard for you to find good work if you ever want to leave -- they want... people who do real work, and not overpaid administrators, which your career will quickly become at MSFT. If you are an individual contributor, regardless of your pay scale, when it comes to review time, you are last, meaning you are getting the bonus/stock crumbs from the table. Ballmer's recent re-org only emphasizes the point that the crew at the top have no idea of what is going on down in the trenches, they believe that by moving a few senior execs around that they can fix things. They're wrong.

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    Advice to Management

    Leave. Let folks who want to guide a company towards customer respect and employee morale take the wheel.

    Microsoft2013-07-16
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