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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Program Manager"

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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

    Challenging work and collaboration with brilliant coworkers.

    Cons

    Many horrible managers who are more focused on politics and their own self being.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in good people managers


  2. "Good Overall"

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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

    Company with a clear purpose

    Cons

    a large share of workforce close to retirement and doesn't incur curiosity in day to day work

  3. "Autonomy and opportunity for impact. Define what and why and help guide how working with engineering managers."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sammamish, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sammamish, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Impactful work.

    Cons

    Organizational decision making and prioritization can be problematic depending on the org and how your team fits into the org charter.

    Advice to Management

    Organize the teams with core competencies in the right units to promote opportunities for integration and give more purpose to ICs.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Microsoft is over-compensating for diversity"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company, lots of opportunity to work on various things.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you are a non-minority male (including Asians as they are not considered minority). Managers are hinted to hire diversity candidates over talented non-diversity candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Don't reduce the hiring bar for diversity candidates. Also don't reduce the promotion bar for diversity candidates, that just is unfair to the other folks in the team who are working hard and many times pick up the slack from the unskilled diversity hire.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "13 years, change is slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career movement opportunity, flexibility to wfh sometimes

    Cons

    Duplication of roles, multiple people in diff groups working on the same thing, lack of clarity from upper management, running around in circles to react to requests from CVPs, old school buildings (can’t bring dogs), global CORP roles expectation to work crazy hours

    Advice to Management

    Role clarity, M2 and above needs training on change management, how to create clarity with ICs


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Great Company with Great Benifits"

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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

    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.


  10. "Ageing Out"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with

    Cons

    White Male in 40's, top of level being pushed out to bring in young hires - so that's good for the young and building a diverse workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Call it what it is, reduction in head count for older at level PM's