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Microsoft Product Manager Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "A wonderful place to launch a career in marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to drive impact
    Easy access to company resources
    Incredible benefits
    Flexible hours
    High level of autonomy and responsibility for work

    Cons

    "Always On" mentality-you could work around the clock and still not get everything finished
    A big company with lots of bureaucracy means there will be complexities and redundancies that slow things down


  2. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice buildings, good benefits, and smart people are the best parts

    Cons

    Multiple big projects for annual meetings take family time away.

    Advice to Management

    Give more time for family whether it be a couple days off or a tad less work

  3. "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for. We can move across various orgs if you want to work on a different technology and keep you challenged. Lots of opportunities to grow your career, training systems, and above all, surrounded by smart people that let you work smart.

    Cons

    Scrapping projects later in the product cycle, rather than earlier.


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

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love/Hate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with in a fun and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Very difficult to get even small projects completed quickly and efficiently.


  6. "Group Product Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Solid people.

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on the group..."

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits remain strong, decent salaries, company is headed in right direction now that Satya Nadella is at the helm. If your boss or group can sidestep the crushing demands of the MSFT machine and focus on doing great things for the customer, there is no better place.

    Cons

    Way too bureaucratic and overly matrixed. Too much shared ownership results in no one owning anything. So much internal focus on providing reports to upper management that compromises customer interaction and execution.

    Advice to Management

    eliminate the layers and overly bureaucratic processes that keep your employees inwardly focused.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great products. Lots of potential but very political."

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of jobs to choose from. They're are some great products to work on and a lot of talented people to learn from.

    Cons

    The flat organization creates an unhealthy political environment as your manager doesn't want more competition. Success at Microsoft is based on how well you play the politics. Nowhere to go in your career so people either leave or do the bare minimum once they realize that they're stuck at their level. The previous model was tougher but seemed fair.
    Boys' club. A lot of bias against women. This company is missing some check and balance. I've seen newly hired guys get promoted although they didn't deliver anything substantial for the product while women have to demonstrate potential, deliver, and they must do it flawlessly.

    Advice to Management

    With that much talent, Microsoft should be able to build tools that help HR identify bias i.e. All women in a team leaving within 6 months, and inconsistency at review time based on actual deliverables and impact.


  9. "Marketing"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good place to obtain global experience and to become an expert in very specific areas

    Cons

    The culture leaves a lot to be desired. Depending on the team, it can be very cut throat and difficult to secure resources. Work-life balance is non-existent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

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

    Pros

    Extremely smart, motivated and talented people.

    Cons

    We are not leading innovation (yet) in enough categories to be considered cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    45k of 110k total employees are in the headquarters team instead of in the field sales and marketing teams driving revenue.