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Microsoft Senior Program Manager Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Can be great, or frustrating, depends on you"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    One of few really global companies, and perfect for anyone interested into learning and working in multicultural environments, would like to work/live for few years in Australia, Brazil or Dubai? Np, MS probably has an office there, make a plan how to get there and within 12 months you'll probably find opportunity that fits you.

    Cons

    Very often, too many cooks in the kitchen, it is great to hear and involve everyone, just sometimes doesn't get you anywhere. Be focused, read: know what you want and ignore the rest

    Advice to Management

    Don't force bell curve on small teams, you are losing some great talent due to that


  2. "Great company that is always improving"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great reward system, acknowledges high quality work, awesome benefits

    Cons

    slipped dates regularly, released with known bugs regularly, and too many meetings that prevented progress (could be a problem of the past)

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of quiet higher performers who deserves a raise/promotion more than the person who is always asking for it. Please make sure the quiet high performers are taken care of.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Changing landscape"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, deep history in different areas.

    Cons

    Need to pick your group carefully, lateral moves tough to do


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  5. "Senior Program/Release Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative, creative environment. I was always learning and achieving new goals.

    Cons

    18 months on, 6 month off rule.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Company lost focus on customer"

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

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

    Pros

    Company into lots of arenas

    Cons

    Does not know how to engage an end customer. Only focuses on enterprise world

    Advice to Management

    Learn that a companies most important asset is the employees.


  7. "Empowerment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can imagine it, you can likely make it happen. If you are a great collaborator and influencer, you can be successful here.

    Cons

    Lack of strong management capabilities and senior leadership who reinforces poor behaviors by not addressing bad managers. Manager isn't a job unto itself; mid-level managers still have ~90% of their review based in their individual contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to let really smart people advance without being people managers and start growing people management capability early in career, before you move someone into a people manager role.


  8. "senior program manager"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, perks and benefits

    Cons

    Managers are good ICs and do not help you in your career, you are on your own


  9. "Sr. Business Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Good Benefits Package - inclusive of 50% 401K match

    Cons

    Expectation that Personal Life is secondary to Career


  10. "Still a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Benefits; good salaries; lots of flexibility in terms of work/life, chance to work in really cool projects.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Lower chances of movement internally.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Culture change good for some"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free soda is still in play, stock price on the rise, lots of places in the company to work if you're not happy where you are.

    Cons

    If you're not happy where you are and have less than stellar reviews, moving between divisions is tough. Work-life balance used to be talked about a lot - it's not talked about anymore. Shift in culture from consumer products to enterprise products shifts the focus towards a different set of customers, which causes a lot of stress when you tell friends you work for MS and they start complaining.