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Updated May 18, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • 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

    Benefits, colleagues, management, location, compensation

    Cons

    no cons or downsides observed


  2. "It is all about choices"

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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

    Benefits (vacations, medical, 401k match) are pretty good. Work-life balance (that is if you don't care much about promotions) can be good too.

    Cons

    Pay is not on par with industry. Too much politics when you get a little bit up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Care about what you deliver and not what you can get promoted for.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, employees are able to move around and apply for jobs that are available internally.

    Cons

    During my employment in the company, the culture was highly competitive, often times employees are evaluated head-to-head with their peers, instead of their own achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft has a lot of great talent, it would benefit greatly from these talents if more support of partnership and teamwork is enforced and awarded fairly.


  4. "great company, wonderful people"

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

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

    Pros

    great company, wonderful people, good work life balance

    Cons

    political fight in some teams, not necessary


  5. "Leaving"

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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

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

    Pros

    Compensation Benefits Proud Innovative Cloud leader

    Cons

    Culture restricts working outside of Redmond

    Advice to Management

    Promote women


  6. "Getting better over 15+ years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Growth Mindset
    - Great Executive team with many diverse and inspiring people who clearly want to make Microsoft a great place to work and are moving in the right direction.
    - Many great teams to work on and for, but also not so great ones and the difference across the company can be striking, but I have noticed in recent years that the "bad" teams (usually because of their management) are starting to disappear.

    Cons

    - Slow to change (as expected with any corporation this size)
    - Still occasionally operates like multiple businesses instead of providing a unified view
    - lack of transparency around promotion and pay policies and plans

    Advice to Management

    - increase transparency
    - provide better training/resources to middle management and weed out the bad apples from the lot.


  7. "Needs competitive compensation package"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is ok in most team except running online services.

    Cons

    People manager skills are not so good in middle layer management chain.
    Compensation is not as competitive w.r.t other companies if you do the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Train the mid layer managers to be better people manager and not just execute projects and exec reviews. This will retain talents.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company!"

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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

    Smart people, great work life balance, company matches charity donations.

    Cons

    It all depends on who you work for - would NOT work in the WDG group


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good luck with your senior management!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Some teams are run as a "boys' club". Senior management in WDG org shows more authority than leadership and set unrealistic goals which burn people out till they have enough and leave the team or even MS.

    Advice to Management

    Audit teams in WDG and pay more attention to their MSPoll results and people feedback about their managers. Revisit the rewards system which is bias and many times unfair.


  10. "Senior manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide range of products and job opportunities. Ability to work with a lot of smart people and top business partners. Good learning environment. Nice and friendly team.

    Cons

    Politics, conflicting or overlapping roles. Each team has its own target. No clear definition or rules when collaborating. Manager not able to resolve it, instead pushing employees to fight and compete