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Microsoft Project Manager Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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  1. "Microsoft: Cultural Transition for the Next 40 years."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Feel alienated as a contract staff. No training program so work is confusing. Staff are not very friendly."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Bothell, WA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work and fair pay
    Good work life balance
    Good autonomy and ability to manage self and make decisions
    No micromanagement
    Experience- learning how a large successful company works

    Cons

    Contract work could end anytime
    Feel alienated
    No training or on boarding program
    No idea of contract length
    Staff are a bit cool with contract staff

    Advice to Management

    The bottom line matters and that’s why you should have a plan for training contract hires. You may think you are saving money by hiring contract workers but if you don’t use them well then half your money is being wasted.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot. Great benefits.

    Cons

    I never worked so hard. There is no work life balance


  4. "Finance PM @ Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pays well, good place for personal development

    Cons

    somewhat negative environment/culture, highly siloed


  5. "Enjoying Azure and Satya"

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

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

    Pros

    Satya is reforming Microsoft starting with Azure.

    Cons

    It’s taking a long time to get to more toxic areas of the company like Bing. Bing is a mess and completely politically charged with rest and vest managers.

    Advice to Management

    Scrutinize Bing Partner level management. They’re underperforming and have an intimidating environment. Continue proliferating Azure’s culture across the company.


  6. "Agile manager"

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

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

    Pros

    initiate my professional career with Microsoft Technology

    Cons

    worked with company vendor is quite differ compare to their own premises .

    Advice to Management

    Good management .


  7. "The transformation will take time"

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

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

    Pros

    Company is comfortable for employees

    Cons

    Company does not give ambitious contributors enough opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Be customer obsessed rather than internal obsessed or manager obsessed

  8. "Awesome!! I've had a great time and am looking to move up. It's been very rewarding. Highly recommend it."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything is a pro. The people. Ability to move latterly and learn. Work/life balance and so much more. I'm in services. Other departments have other cultures.

    Cons

    There aren't really any. Free lunch everyday would give great but I'm just trying to fill the twenty word minimum here


  9. "Good While It Lasted"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a good company to work for.
    Smart people, technologically curious and forthright.
    Interesting work, lots of diversity in employees and job responsibilities.
    Good severance package.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was part of the Nokia acquisition that resulted in the closing of our R&D site.
    It's so big that processes and procedures were lacking.
    Lots of red tape.
    Poor severance communication policies.

    Advice to Management

    None; I understand the business decision, especially after new leadership took over.


  10. "Contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Project Manager
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work and technology exposure
    Very good work culture
    Fantastic Campus

    Cons

    None that I know of