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Microsoft Program Manager Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company"

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

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

    Pros

    The people at this company are amazing! You will work with some of the most intelligent people in tech. The majority of individuals are driven and believe in the work they do.

    Cons

    Navigating any large company can be difficult, you'll want to network as often as possible until you've made contacts across all teams you are dependent upon. And then learn about all the other teams and organizations!

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait to communicate strategy and big bets. Leadership seems to coast along and then attach themselves to whatever is the latest success at the time. In addition to this get SLT to bet on the company, bet on Microsoft. There are too many groups just living in the "now" and not united in a Microsoft centric future.


  2. "Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Pro: Fine place to work.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.

  3. "It is all about choices"

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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

    Benefits (vacations, medical, 401k match) are pretty good. Work-life balance (that is if you don't care much about promotions) can be good too.

    Cons

    Pay is not on par with industry. Too much politics when you get a little bit up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Care about what you deliver and not what you can get promoted for.


  4. "Microsoft Program Manager Intern Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Everyone at Microsoft is extremely focused on tailoring the experience to you as an intern - they will go out of their way to help onboard you to a team and bring you up to speed on projects.

    Cons

    In looking for full-time opportunities for the future as an intern - it is more difficult to move around the company as a PM compared to as an engineer.


  5. "Good company overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Amazing coworkers
    You have impact on billions of customers

    Cons

    If you ever have a bad year, you’re tanked forever


  6. "feedback"

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program 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

    healthcare benefits, location, interesting work

    Cons

    politics, chaotic, too many org changes, too much fluff


  7. "Great Company with a lot of support for your education and career development"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has a very generous financial support system for you to go to graduate school.

    Cons

    Because it is a large company, you will need to be adjusted to the pace of certain projects, since they go through layers of management review.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees in your org!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A Top Tech Employer But Not Perfect"

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    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satya Nadella has really changed the company for the better since taking over as CEO. The vast majority of employees now feel proud to work for Microsoft compared to the Ballmer era. Microsoft has great benefits (PTO, 401k match, new caregiver benefit, reimbursement for up to $800 in physical fitness, etc.) and flexible work arrangements. Work can be very rewarding and you have the ability to make a real impact on the world. The yearly MSReady conference in Las Vegas for field roles is quite fun with lots of opportunities to learn and a great way to recharge. Many friendly, intelligent, and hard-working people work at Microsoft. You'll learn a great deal.

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement Opportunities For Some People-
    If you don't live in WA state or nearby one of Microsoft's campuses, career advancement is very tough unless you want to stay in a sales-oriented or 90%-travel position.

    Difficult and Time Consuming to Move Around in the Company:
    The internal interview process to move into a new role or organization within the company is very slow (can take weeks or months), not at all transparent, and is a full-day interview experience just as external candidates have to face. Competition is fierce but if you're persistent it's possible to land a new position.

    Tools & Processes:
    Employees continually have low marks on yearly polling regarding having the right tools, reports, and processes in place to get our jobs done effectively. I haven't seen many improvements in the several years I've been here and don't expect many changes in the future either.

    Compensation:
    While the benefits are fantastic, the total compensation could be much better. I feel that salaries and stock rewards are falling behind compared to other top tier tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps consider remote workers as a diversity classification or category that you strongly suggest Redmond-based managers to consider when hiring. So many talented people cannot move to WA and find themselves frustrated at the lack of opportunities available in their own state. Keep up the great work in changing the company's culture - love the employee engagement and benefits initiatives.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting times."

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

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

    Pros

    Some really smart people, and depending on which product group you are in, you might have an ability to have tremendous impact. The benefits are decent and the stock has done well in the past few years.

    Cons

    The company culls employees regularly and targets 60% of the ongoing market compensation, but is slow to adjust. The benefits package is no longer what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that prides itself on its people, the high degree of turnover is beginning to have an impact and the current performance review model doesn't help. Telling people that their reward of 80% of target is a great outcome is akin to telling them they were mediocre.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, employees are able to move around and apply for jobs that are available internally.

    Cons

    During my employment in the company, the culture was highly competitive, often times employees are evaluated head-to-head with their peers, instead of their own achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft has a lot of great talent, it would benefit greatly from these talents if more support of partnership and teamwork is enforced and awarded fairly.