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Microsoft Program Manager Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1166 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Much better culture with Satya"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources for the right projects. Can be cutthroat to get funded, but more resources than most companies. Strong push for more collaboration.

    Cons

    Still a ways to go on collaboration. When reorgs happen, people still bring along select people from old teams vs trusting new people.

    Advice to Management

    Push for better assessment of existing teams when new managers come in.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company, Great Culture!"

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

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

    Pros

    Be yourself, encouraged to do your best, great opportunities for growth and development, great benefits and a great corporate citizen.

    Cons

    Rams inclusiveness down your throat and sets strange diversity goals that are not based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and stop trying to atone for Satya's incident comment about women.

  3. "Good Group"

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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    mission oriented, open to new ideas within limits, friendly

    Cons

    inflexible deadlines and
    tedious SQL query writing

    Advice to Management

    pay for over hours work


  4. "Great employer"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with work hours and working from home.
    Treat staff really well. Lots of great perks.

    Cons

    Slow to innovate. Culture of producing software with bugs, or not implement features so that major launch deadlines will be hit.


  5. "Avoid the Windows division"

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. The management team doesn't request much to deliver, but expect employees to be reverent to them.

    Cons

    A lot of old timers who've just forgotten that they've got to do something in the day. Slackers. Politics and brown-nosing preempt work and delivering.
    The management team is mostly made of the former Windows Vista managers who're still around. They're so hands-off that the teams are left by themselves. No coherence or control of the little work being done. No opportunity to learn or grow.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to higher management: update all the middle management and the 15+ year old timers.


  6. "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Growth mindset and tackling great problems.

    Cons

    Large companies have their downfalls - endless loops to get things done.


  7. "Program Manager II"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    -Great work life balance
    -Great benefits
    -Great CEO
    -Great stock to receive bonus on

    Cons

    -Low stock refreshers compared to the industry
    -Slower career progression
    -Great work life balance is exploited by some "slackers" which demotivates teams sometimes

  8. "Good in some areas"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are in the right group, the work you do is worthwhile and you have tons of support. Work Life balance can be great and working from home privileges are second to none. The pay rate is really nice too.

    Cons

    If you work with the wrong group, you will be miserable. I spent 1 year in the worst possible group where they would spend whole meetings complaining about the others lack of follow through. As a contractor you have to sit back and watch instead of stepping in. If you have a bad feeling about a group in the first month, look for a different one to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Calling employees "idiots" in front of others isnt a good technique to make them work better, it makes them leave your group.


  9. "Microsoft employee"

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

    Pros

    Technical work which is the best

    Cons

    Too much politics and power play

    Advice to Management

    Change the upper management. Most partners and above continue to stay in their position even after delivering major failures.


  10. "Great Company with Great Benifits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good senior leadership
    Good strategic direction
    Good focus on diversity and culture

    Cons

    It's a big company so sometimes bureaucracy can get in the way
    Middle management is still the fastest way to career advancement, so that basically encourages mediocrity in 1st level managers

    Advice to Management

    Continue to the focus on the future. Decide who the core customer is (Consumer or Enterprise) and nail that first. Trying to do both at the same time means too many trade offs.