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Microsoft Program Manager Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft takes the time to hire great people, typically resulting in healthy teams.
    The culture has shifted to customer-centric and is growth oriented.
    Highly competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Layoffs are fairly common as the company shifts priorities and struggles to compete with Cloud.
    Reorg's can be overly frequent and disruptive due to poor advance planning.
    Large company bureaucracy... Ambiguous or unnecessarily complex job responsibilities can slow down productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace growth mindset behaviors and allow the team flexibility and safe space for errors as they learn. Be aware of and eliminate passive, less obvious micromanagement habits. Microsoft is particularly focused on retaining talented managers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits"

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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

    World class benefits, work/life balance is up to the individual to define (though this probably varies by team), interesting & impactful work on products that everyone recognizes

    Cons

    Inter-team work still could improve (working with some teams can feel like a fight, but most teams are good), minimal training/onboarding for new hires

  3. "Awesome work environment"

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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

    Super smart and driven people to work with!

    Cons

    Be sure to maintain a work-life balance. It's easy to focus too much on work with it's a challenging project!

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive with Amazon! We're loosing too much talent!


  4. "great company moving in the right direction as cloud and business focused"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    well established company; deep pocket and great level of resource

    Cons

    changes can be slow; too many re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    bump up employee total compensation to keep up with other tier 1 internet and tech companies, such as Facbook, Amazon, Apple, and Google


  5. "Microsoft"

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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

    One of the best companies in the world. I've been here since 1995 and I have seen a few things. I can't imagine working somewhere else, but maybe I could.

    Cons

    Some things, not easy to articulate. People, expectations, alpha.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real for old timers.


  6. "Cloud Logistics PM (MCIO Azure)"

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

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

    Pros

    motivated and empowered teams; lot of autonomy to drive changes and easy to reach out to individuals within organization for guidance (very supportive).

    Cons

    FTE conversions tough for Contractors and lot of reorgs


  7. "Great Employer if on the right team/group"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has great benefits and internal resources for training and career growth.
    Work with smart and capable individuals.

    Cons

    Your mileage may vary in the company depending on which group/team you work on.
    There are some god awful teams like the new restructured Windows team where the politics and layers of incompetent management will drive you insane.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the multiple layers of incompetent management and allow teams to be more agile and deliver features/products which truly delight customers.

  8. "It's not terrible"

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    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are still quite good. There are lots of little perks that add up, like stayfit and access to tons of free training opportunities. Just have to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    It's still a very "who you know" environment when it comes to advancement. It still isn't a place where you can stay in one role for any extended period of time. You're expected to move up the chain, or you're likely to get moved out. Opportunities are more scarce the higher up you go, and you're not likely to land one of those opportunities unless you know the right people. Don't expect to move too far up the chain unless you're willing to move to the Seattle area, where everything is excruciatingly overpriced and, not surprisingly, staggeringly liberal. You're expected to make an impact, but it's difficult to get anything done because of outdated tools/systems combined with tons of red tape and equal numbers of managers and PM's competing for a slice of the spotlight.

    Advice to Management

    There are far too many managers and PM's running around creating more manager and PM roles. Streamline the line from bottom to top.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Microsoft is undergoing a transformation"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    - Great health package
    - Good work-life balance
    - Employer really cares (great HR!)

    Cons

    - Empire building can be seen
    - Microsoft tends to throw money at problems instead of holding people accountable; too many people take their jobs for granted and don't bring in their A game to work (great place if you are hardworking, detail-oriented and humble - easy to rise among peers)

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw money at problems. Hold people accountable.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Microsoft Services"

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

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

    Pros

    - Exciting and challenging work environment
     - Good pay with excellent benefits
     - No stories of people crying at their desks (like at another local tech company)
     - World-class competition and disrupters facilitate an environment where innovation and risk-taking are encouraged

    Cons

    - Big set of products and services across the gamut of IT makes it challenging to coordinate and align activities
     - Legacy products and customers can be a drag on competing against companies born in the cloud

    Advice to Management

    - The Senior Leadership Team has the company on the right track strategically, leveraging the company's strengths to open up new opportunities with our competitors/partners.