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  1. "No problems"

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    Former Contractor - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    left alone to do my job, access to all microsoft software without having to go through IT so had the tools I needed.

    Cons

    It's microsoft, sometimes you just can't do the things you need to do without having to fill in a form which is always on sharepoint and takes ages to fill in

    Advice to Management

    simplify


  2. Helpful (3)

    "When it's good ,it's good... when it's not, it's really not"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonuses, if you perform. Good benefits, such as excellent medical. Perks, like fitness compensation and bus pass. Decent parking.

    Cons

    Very few good managers, constant flux, low gender diversity. Culture is very different from team to team, so choose your team wisely, and hope your leadership stays the same as the culture will change if you get reorged or your management changes.
    Advancement is based as much on who you know and how you play politics (maybe even more), than on your skills and contributions

    Advice to Management

    You need to start doing something to retain good managers... every good manager I've had has left the company. Remember, people don't quit jobs, they quit managers... so when all the good managers are running away, how can you expect to keep good employees?

  3. "Would benefit from flatter management structure, and most teams are bad, but there are good pockets"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Moving team to team internally is super easy, so if you have a bad team you can keep spelunking about until you find a good fit

    Cons

    Managers are typically mediocre
    Many product teams are weak
    Pay is so-so compared to other companies in tech
    Many benefits and events are stilted toward employees with kids and families, so if you're young, get the new hire bonus and stock, Microsoft on the resume, and go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    A flat product team reporting structure is a happy reporting structure. People who have been at the company for 10-15+ years and are still in the Senior band of leveling need to be put on performance-improvement-plans by default.


  4. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Hardware Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best time since the start and rapid growth of Microsoft to be working here. Great product line-up, excellent company leadership, and customer focused approach.

    Cons

    Still extremely bloated, way too much middle management. Organizing functions by centers of excellence as opposed to business units has caused some challenges (IE: All hardware reporting up through one chain, as opposed to operating as Xbox, Surface, etc...)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remove redundant layers of management.


  5. "Like working at MS"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Flexible hours
    2) Friendly culture
    3) Good benefits
    4) Overall the atmosphere in the company is welcoming, and friendly.
    5) The projects are challenging and help you grow as a professional

    Cons

    1) Little access to sunlight and windows
    2) Many projects don't get pursued until they are well established by another company. Makes it hard to do groundbreaking work.
    3) Salaries don't measure up to the quickly increasing housing prices in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Much of the information needed to do your job (outside of the technical knowledge) is tribal knowledge as opposed to well documented and organized


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager 2"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft offers an average salary and benefits package that includes a very good "Stay Fit" package but nothing that raises an eyebrow. The compensation bar is slowly becoming diluted. I am sure that I could get a comparable package at Amazon or Google.

    Cons

    Be aware that there is no preference for internal hires before external hires. You are always competing against someone else! Often times it is who you know, not what you know. You are always on guard for the "next layoff".

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at nepotism. So many times I applied for a job that was internally filled before the REQ is posted. Satya wants to lead yet middle management doesn't want to follow. Your ICs are your greatest asset!!


  7. "Great Company, horrible middle mgmt"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Mostly smart folks in the tech side, mostly hired newly graduate MBAs in the business side who don't contribute much other than create PPT and presentation all around.

    Cons

    - Stop hiring MBS fresh out of college or business team to make them create PPT 40hrs/week.

    Advice to Management

    - Reward people who are in the company rather than hire someone outside and directly offer them higher level and compensation, care for our loyal employees first!

  8. "Great benefits, changing culture"

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager II in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager II in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and prestige are great. Work in not difficult and the culture
    Is shifting to a growth mindset culture. They are bringing new blood.

    Cons

    Culture is not there yet, it is still very political and people Who have been around for a while are
    Immovable

    Advice to Management

    Keep those open to change and let go
    Of those who are not


  9. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, smart people, great customers, stock growing nicely

    Cons

    Inconsistent top down management leads to some randomization, weak soft perks (no free food, few parties, few awards), on call for service teams

    Advice to Management

    All good mostly - just focus on achieving alignment with the teams and folks reporting to you, don't just suddenly snap to new directions. Bottom up, that's fine. Top down, it leads to non-customer focused allocation of resources.


  10. "Microsoft is a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, most people are awesome

    Cons

    Internal politics can really slow you down