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Microsoft Program Manager Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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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, colleagues, management, location, compensation

    Cons

    no cons or downsides observed


  2. "Good environment for soft landing"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits
    Tons of training materials available
    Patient until you show performance

    Cons

    Need play politics
    Slow decision making

  3. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Work on cutting edge technologies, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Large organization, so at times might be challenging to get things done


  4. "Senior Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Microsoft historically has a monoculture that can restrict your exposure to alternative methods.


  5. "Lot of opportunities, you can pick and choose the team you want to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, stability

    Cons

    Pay not as competitive compared to other top companies..


  6. "Awesome projects, great co-workers, decent work/life balance"

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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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Tons of different products that the company is working on and it's easy to switch to one that you're interest aligns with
    - Really smart people who (mostly) want to do the right thing

    Cons

    - As you move up, you do have to pay some politics to ensure you're getting what you deserve in terms of compensation but that's true for any big company, AFAIK
    - Once the initial on-hire stock expires (~3.5 years usually), Microsoft's stock refreshers are not on par with some of the other tier 1 companies like Google or FB so unless you're

    Advice to Management

    Would be good if you can be more competitive in terms of yearly stock bonuses but otherwise keep up the good work!


  7. "PM in Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, latest technology, diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Older average age, lower compensation

    Advice to Management

    Encourage young talent

  8. "Secure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult to move on to other opportunities at senior level. Political and not very innovative.


  9. "Microsoft Senior PM"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Many different teams and groups to work in. The benefits are great except maybe compared to some of the other big tech companies. The cloud business is going very well.

    Cons

    High cost of living around Seattle. Long commutes. Pay isn't as good as some of their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for improved compensation without pushing promotions. Too many people are promoted because they likely are looking for better compensation.


  10. "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.