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Microsoft Group Product Manager Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2017

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  1. "Group Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Solid people.

    Cons

    Archaic performance review system that breeds competitiveness. Not a lot of opportunity for growth.

    Microsoft2017-01-13
  2. Helpful (1)

    "First seven years were great. Last several years were toxic."

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stock awards were good. Good professional training classes. Met some really smart colleagues in the time at Msft. Developed processes.

    Cons

    Too many hours worked. Perf reviews were a joke - so political and unfair. Leadership messaged too much integrity to get promoted - it was terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women!

    Microsoft2017-04-13
  3. Helpful (3)

    "If you like the tv show survivor"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else Incredible resources in teams, staff, and budgets Strong, passionate team

    Cons

    Politics. If you find yourself great at navigating the intricate politics and get your job done, this is for you.

    Microsoft2016-04-13
  4. "Plenty of both good and not so good"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of interesting projects and great teams at Microsoft. I met some of the brightest, hard working, high integrity people in my 9+ years of working in both the former Server and Tools and the field BMO groups. You can find rewarding jobs in both cutting edge tech as well as 20+ year old technology with massive revenue streams. I think the benefits are still among the tops in the industry.

    Cons

    There are a lot of review meetings regardless of the job function. Perhaps this is normal for a big company, but spending 20-40% of my time building decks instead of focusing on customers, markets, products seems excessive. Projects/product teams with the combination of great managers, great teams, big impact initiatives were hard to find. The extreme focus to deliver numbers makes it hard for new products to gain mindshare...

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    Advice to Management

    I understand the value of the subsidiary scorecard, but it is an inhibitor for many new, smaller initiatives. The leadership needs to have a more balanced scorecard so that more of the long term initiatives can get mindshare with the field. The current review system doesn't foster team work. I'm not smart enough to figure out how you would build a better review system for a company as big as MS, but it doesn't seem...

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    Microsoft2014-07-29
  5. "Great company to work at in terms of breadth of technologies - not so great in terms of strategic direction or GSD'"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    breadth of technology products / platforms to work on

    Cons

    Not too many real-world driven folks a the helm

    Advice to Management

    get rid of your middle mgmt - get the passion back.

    Microsoft2013-04-09
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Between The Lines"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exposure to just about everything digital. Opportunities for global business experience. Smart co-workers. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Don't waste time trying to innovate or collaborate here. Bad for mid-career transition, high risk you will be leveled down, crammed into a pigeonhole, your expertise ignored (unless you're an engineer or Program Manager maybe) and get mired in a stifling review system. On the other hand, if you can find a way to go home at 5:00 every day and play with your kids and don't mind constant senseless reorgs, the benefits are...

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    Advice to Management

    Break up company. Recognize that no one else thinks you're as great as you do any more.

    Microsoft2010-10-28
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to gain experience but it's lost its luster a long time ago."

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    Current Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical (e.g. unlimited mental health sessions, no co pay, etc), dental, vision, etc. Cutting edge technology, relatively more stable than other multi-national tech companies, options for lateral movement within the company, variety of training options (although you might be challenged to find the time to attend it), culturally diverse company, great office facilities, opportunity for international...

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    Cons

    Politics...Politics...Politics....It's all about visibility here when it comes to determining performance. It really is an exclusive club when it comes to senior mgmt, mediocre middle management, poor and less than fair methods for performance management. There's alot of social pressures to conform here... kinda like "high school" politics... It's often who you know, how they perceive you and how often they of you (in...

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    Advice to Management

    Take the initiative to change. Start with you! and maybe the rest of the company will follow.

    Microsoft2009-03-31
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits, interesting work, but it's at a steep price and the management is stinky"

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, and really interesting work if you're on the right team. If you succeed there's good money in it. Product launches can be a lot of fun and there can be great team camaraderie if you get in with the right group. Choose where you work carefully. Being technical, even in non-technical assignments, is a huge help. You get exposure to people places and things that you might not in other places...

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    Cons

    Time consuming - you're expected to be there 24/7. That's fine when you're fresh out of school but it doesn't work when you want to start a family (which is why I left). If you aren't protected by someone higher up, forget growth opportunities. People just aren't very nice to each other when the heat is on - it tends to be toxic. Senior management (i.e people who are directors and above) are not seasoned or trained at...

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    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Get some trained managers who see the value in different ways of doing work.

    Microsoft2009-01-24
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Once great company needs to slim down to thrive again."

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    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The people challenge you. The projects have global impact. The benefits are unmatched. When you call anyone in any industry, they'll call you back. In some divisions you can enjoy the autonomy of an entrepreneur backed by the resources of a... well a Microsoft.

    Cons

    I spent 25% of my time trying to confirm that one of the other 50,000 employees wasn't working on the exact same project I was. I spent another 25% of my time using PowerPoint to convince execs that I should be allowed to do the job I was hired to do. I had 50% left to do email, meetings and the work I was hired to do - each of these three was a 40 hour work week so it required prioritization and expectation setting to...

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    Advice to Management

    Lay off 20% of the company. Not because you need the money, but because they are tripping all over each other. Several divisions spend a considerable amount of their time trying to "define their role" in the company and justify their existence. You'll get more accomplished. Just start listening to the rank and file. This is a big reason why the best ones have already left.

    Microsoft2008-08-14
  10. "Politics + too many resources - alignment = opportunities lost"

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    Current Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The benefits at Microsoft are fantastic and it is a great brand name to have on your resume. Also, there is the opportunity to move around to new businesses and new roles.

    Cons

    While there are many smart people at Microsoft, many unfortunately choose to concentrate on jockeying for position rather than ensuring that the company is winning. Even worse is that there are some managers who cultivate this and cloak themselves with cronies and yes-men. Also frustrating is the extremely matrixed nature of most groups.

    Advice to Management

    Force the various business groups to focus on key deliverables and initiatives. Acting like a small company with limited resources will align employees and re-ignite greatness. Smart competitiveness does not equal doing what the other guy is already doing, but rather doing something else that will make them irrelevant.

    Microsoft2008-08-22
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