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Microsoft Program Manager Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great work life balance, company matches charity donations.

    Cons

    It all depends on who you work for - would NOT work in the WDG group


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

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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.

  3. "Love"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision, strategy and leadership from the top

    Cons

    Not all orgs and team are yet aligned to the new vision


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Impressive work and great brand allows to contribute to the community.

    Cons

    No flexibility, Unhealthy compensation strategy leading to self recognition over collaboration and teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    It's about time we eat our own dogfood and relinquish the harness to be only located in "Redmond", we do produce several articles boasting our products that actually increase the health and overall productivity of our work force. Don't we believe it!


  5. "Excellent place to work in various technical roles"

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding technical talent
    Lots of room to grow skills and experience teams in different domains
    Different technical roles available to those with specialized skills

    Cons

    Pace not comparable to a startup, if that is what you are seeking


  6. "Changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture is changing. People work together across divisions.

    Cons

    Limited locations in Seattle. Somewhat aging employee base.

    Advice to Management

    Go Satya!


  7. "Microsoft review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, inclusive culture, lots of orgs to explore

    Cons

    Slow moving, red tape at times

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with very smart people, good work life balance, supportive management. You do get opportunities to pursue things you are interested in, even if they are not a part of your core job responsibilities

    Cons

    Depending on the role and product, there is a pressure to perform; 80% Microsoft has moved to CEO's new culture but 20% is still stuck with their old thinking. Everytime you have to deal with a team from this 20% bucket, it is not a good experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, as it is working! Push the teams with old mentality to either move to new culture or go to a different employer!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Hire & fire mentality"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In general they have an ok compensation package. If you have a good manager and working on a successful project then you have smooth sailing.

    Cons

    Even that they say "our employees are the most valuable assets" - that's just a lie. Someone would not treat their employees in such a way - especially employees who have served for a long time and have significantly contributed to the success of that company. Do not expect ANY loyalty from that company or from management. They practice "hire & fire" at its best. You loose your job without ANY wrong doing and there is enough work to be done in other groups or divisions. Instead of offering a comparable position in a different group - they rather fire you. Sure this is good for stockholders, but it also creates an atmosphere of uncertainty among all other employees. Microsoft middle management sucks - sorry for being so blunt here.

    Advice to Management

    Why don't you transition employees into other roles in other groups/departments? You rather fire a couple of thousands, which looks good for the stockholders and then later hire (and in some cases) rehire them again. This is a really bad game you are playing here!


  10. "Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    My supervisors and colleagues were highly professional and excellent to work with.

    Cons

    The corporation's large bureaucracy sometimes negatively impacted productivity

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the bureacracy as much as possible