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Microsoft Project Manager Reviews

Updated April 9, 2019
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  • "They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility" (in 2336 reviews)

  • "Smart people (more at HQ than the field)" (in 1814 reviews)

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  1. "Great, fun, diverse team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Thoughtful and knowledgable managers who work with you to create good work product.

    Cons

    Such a large company that things can run slowly/bureaucratically at times.


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    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, challenging work, and nice career opportunities. Learning and discovery is encouraged.

    Cons

    Skill sets are narrowly viewed. Very competitive environment. It is necessary to promote yourself and build your brand to survive. If you aren't an extrovert, love bragging about yourself, and doing fancy presentations then forget about advancing your career.

    Advice to Management

    Promote team collaboration. Speak up to upper management if you don't agree with what you are being asked to do. There is huge disconnect between the message Satya Nadella is trying to convey and what is actually going on in the trenches. Help support closing the gap between the old Microsoft culture and new.

  3. "IT Management Lacks Personal Communications"

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    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn something new.

    Cons

    IT management is missing inter-personal skills and limit their verbal communications and rely on email to communicate to staff. Certain
    staff should remain as Techs & Engineers and should not have been
    placed in positions overseeing staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take seminars on "How to Work With People".


  4. "Great place to learn!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People care about your growth and wants you to learn and take the initiative

    Cons

    Culture is pretty old. They are building a new campus however


  5. "A lot of personnel changes"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    Good salary and excellent benefits

    Cons

    A lot of personnel changes


  6. "Great benefits and people"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, people, company direction

    Cons

    Large company, lots of politics


  7. "Project Management"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, silos still exist but are changing! Benefits are superb! Amazing CEO.

    Cons

    Redmond based, getting top heavy and politics at play.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great leaders like Satya!

  8. "Lots to learn"

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

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

    Pros

    - Working with great people
    - Great environment
    - Very little management oversight - you are expected to lead yourself
    - Great possibility to work remotely

    Cons

    - No training given to contract staff - so you have to feel your way around and ask lots of questions.

    Advice to Management

    Look into a standard basic training for contract staff besides the security training. Perhaps it should be on the intranet.


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reno, NV
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria and little else

    Cons

    Everything else. Poor mid management, incompetent project/program mangers. Needed to hire an outside contractor to teach the FTE's how to use Microsoft Project. Not one person knew what a critical path schedule was or even that their own software was supposed to produce one.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the deadwood


  10. "Microsoft: Cultural Transition for the Next 40 years."

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    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well. Culture is improving. 15k to spend on your charity every year. Values diversity, data security, innovation (engineering) Great for VR, AI and Quantum Computing. "All in" for the Cloud.

    Cons

    Still working through some cultural problems. People are compensated to meet different goals so it creates a lot of tension because we are pulling in different directions some times.

    Advice to Management

    Pick fewer goals to focus on. Align compensation plans toward those goals for everyone. Get everyone rowing in the same direction.