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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1917 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1667 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1078 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Program Manager"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft was outstanding in every way

    Cons

    Expensive Food in on-campus options

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "review of microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    big company. lot of opportunities within the company

    Cons

    big company. lots of politics and mis-aligned efforts

    Advice to Management

    focus on innovation.
    focus on getting something end users care about

  3. "Benefits"

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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

    Great benefits and options, pay is always plentiful

    Cons

    Not a lot of time to use them

    Advice to Management

    Stop making things sooo political


  4. Helpful (8)

    "It's a great gig until you get too much tenure"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the best places to work in Reno. Great people, amazing benefits, and top pay in the area. There are plenty of challenging projects and lots of development opportunities. It's a great gig... while it lasts...

    Cons

    Microsoft Reno seems to not want employees with more than 8-10 years of experience. At the Reno office, we called it the 10-year curse, because that was often the time you'd be managed out. They focus a lot on their intern program with UNR, and that's because those are the people that will replace the tenured employees when they get laid off. It's highly frustrating that this is the norm, but I saw so many high quality employees pushed out this way. I went from being identified as Key Talent one quarter with a high review rating to being managed out the next quarter, and nothing had changed about the quality of my work. They didn't even have a rationale for this drastic change. I can tell you the rationale -- my salary, insurance, and stock options had become too expensive for their liking.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your outlook on experienced employees. They may be more expensive to pay and insure, but they will help keep your business strategically at the top of the industry.


  5. "Great company - future looks promising"

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    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

    Great products, balanced portfolio of products, services and hardware, benefits, new area of employees

    Cons

    Not the new kid on the block, what is your edge, how do you appeal to the millennials?

    Advice to Management

    Hire great people from Insider and Outside


  6. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in any area of work you are interested in.
    Your career is in your own hands.

    Cons

    Policies and Procedures, not as Agile as smaller companies, some good managers, some bad managers.
    You often feel just like another number in a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing Azure to the towards #1 in the Cloud Battle


  7. "Getting better!"

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

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

    Pros

    Very supportive of employee career goals and flexibility in moving around
    Very ethical
    Very supportive of allowing you to do your job as you want to do it
    great benefits

    Cons

    Culture - focused on individual contributions rather than team
    lack of strategy
    lack of true customer focus
    Most people managers are terrible

  8. "Great place, great people"

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    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

    Had the best time of my life learning, mentoring and growing

    Cons

    you have to be self-driven to make progress.

    Advice to Management

    management needs to invest more time in mentoring and coaching


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Reno office mentality unstable"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours and work are flexible and work can be interesting and exciting. At the beginning it seems like such an innovative company but you soon realize it is anything but interesting.

    Cons

    Once you reach a level of proficiency and mastery, you are no longer useful to them. You can easily go from a high or even just very good performer to the bottom of the heap in a matter of one quarter. The managers are untrained and ill equipped for management. They have no ability to be honest or forthright.

    The joke around the office is that it is not a matter of "if" you will get fired, it's a matter of "when." Everyone has a shelf life and it's just a matter of when you have hit yours.

    Such a horrible and toxic environment. There are therapists in Reno that specialize in MS employees because there is such a demand for it.

    My advice is to get out when you can! The money is not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    They don't care what anyone has to say. Managers get poor poll scores and it is ignored.


  10. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Need to find the right teams.