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Microsoft Product Manager Reviews

Updated April 15, 2019
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  • "They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility" (in 2336 reviews)

  • "Smart people (more at HQ than the field)" (in 1814 reviews)

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  1. "As promised"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great company

    Cons

    Big and political, complex environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Evolving PM experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sharp & hungry minds to learn from

    Cons

    No consistency on expectations from PM from team to team
    Lack of top down and sideways vision

    Advice to Management

    Promote people only after they achieve business results

  3. "Smart people, too much beauracracy"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, resume cache

    Cons

    Disorganized, mind-numbingly focused on trivial things, stagnant culture

    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture


  4. "Great Stable Place To Work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great hours
    -great pay
    -smart people to work with

    Cons

    -lots of processes around releasing features


  5. "Good Company!"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmont Park, AL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmont Park, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people which are nice to work with

    Cons

    long working hours at times


  6. "Great work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good CEO, smart people, good work life balance, Azure is a growth business

    Cons

    Pay lower than competitors such as Amazon, Google


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent heath care benefits
    - Best 401K matching in the industry
    - Global reach, impact

    Cons

    - Employee performance system doesn't work: you get good 'ratings' only if you get along well with your manager and leadership regardless of your actual performance
    - Bad managers: Still LOTS of managers that are jerks and bullies, and care less about their direct reports
    - Signs of discrimination due to age: In recent years, it seems that the company is trying to get rid of employees who are considered "old" (e.g. in past 2 years, they have laid off 4 (~15% of total) people on my team and they were all over 40 years old).

    Advice to Management

    - Make sure you have good managers with good leadership skills, to inspire their direct reports/teams vs fear/bully them.
    - Fix your employee performance review system. You are already losing good talent, and there will be more if you don't fix it.
    - Stop the lay offs for no reason. Employees need to feel secure at work to perform well.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good long-term employer for those who actively manage their careers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, long-term commitment to employees, work-life balance, internal career development

    Cons

    Frequent reorgs, pockets of terrible managers, pay lower than comparable tech companies

    Advice to Management

    Pay more atten to MSPoll, WHI scores


  9. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, work isn't toooo hard

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement at times, not a wonderful place to be early career.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The REAL Microsoft culture vs what you read in the press"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Great people who often go above and beyond
    2) Benefits are amazing and comprehensive
    3) Many different job opportunities within one company
    4) Travel potential
    5) Some really cool products

    Cons

    1) 24/7 phone and email availability expectation
    2) Some managers openly play favorites and are not transparent
    3) Internal processes are a mess and are skewed towards management saving face rather than resolving worker's issues and improving processes

    Advice to Management

    Create a solid Worker's Bill of Rights to protect your employees. Eliminate the level system and instead evaluate a worker's contribution against established role responsibilities. Institute a program to help mid-career employees grow. Increase transparency. Rebuild the internal process to "get new headcount" and start aligning team growth to company/product growth.