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Updated March 18, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge" (in 1197 reviews)

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  1. "Its a company that gives you opportunity to grow in different roles"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great Leader (Satya Nadella), opportunities to learn and grow on the job

    Cons

    Its is improving, but there is still a lot of internal process, meetings, calls, ppts that blocks you to be in front of customers and partners. Too much reorganizations, not allowing time to measure the impact and results of the recent changes.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft needs to have a better change management to avoid loosing talented people.


  2. "Great company, great protential"

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    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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are super bright. Satya is a great leader with great vision.

    Cons

    Directives are top down. Re-orgs are disruptive

  3. "Great Company"

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    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

    Competitive pay, when stock awards kick in it really helps, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Open workspaces, bureaucracy, some employees are entitled.


  4. "Customer Service and Support"

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    Current Contractor - Program Manager
    Current Contractor - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Name brand, most valuable company, growing stock price

    Cons

    Out of touch executive management


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - great pay
    - great work/life balance
    - smart co-workers

    Cons

    - no individual accountability
    - bureaucracy


  6. "An inattentive boss can cost you a lot"

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    Former Employee - Business Program Manager
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's effing Microsoft! There are perks and a great brand name.

    Cons

    Boss was overworked and didn't spend any time developing my talent


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Promotes managers who behave like Trump"

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    Current Contractor - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus and reasonably-priced cafeterias. There's a great "diversity" movement that seems to be trying to take root, although decades too late perhaps. Hopefully things will change, but given the history of Microsoft's consistent tolerance for bad behavior and cronyism, we may not see it in our lifetimes. Many employees start off as nice, decent people there.

    Cons

    Microsoft tends to promote people into team managers who have no experience in the area they are managing. The result is often bullying behavior where the managers aggressively take credit for the knowledge/skills they gain from subordinates (especially experienced contractors) and then look for opportunities to humiliate them in public using projection of their own habits and lack of ability in order to discredit those who understand the role. These same managers are often very low in productivity and focus on creating political/HR work instead of the technical area they are responsible for.

    The distribution of work is extremely unbalanced - members of a team can put in great effort with high productivity while the manager and other senior members can be extremely lazy with low capacity for years.

    Contract employee compensation is lower than comparable roles at any other large- or medium-sized companies in Puget Sound.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is toxic even in engineering orgs where politics should not win out over quality of work and contribution. The only people who don't think so lost their moral compass long ago by staying at Microsoft too long.

  8. "Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, competitive salary, stock bonus

    Cons

    Expectations not clear, not ready for change,

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear in expectations and make them measurable not subjective


  9. "Microsoft PM"

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

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

    Pros

    Good company to start a career with, able to see large scope of projects, plenty of teams to choose from based on your interest

    Cons

    Decisions are top down, hard to move things fast. Many reorgs. Mostly commercial facing, hard to get to consumers (in most teams)


  10. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great pay, good people. A lot of growth in the business.

    Cons

    Less exposure to high growth situations of startups.