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Updated January 31, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge" (in 1197 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 530 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    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

    Great work-life balance, great pay, good people. A lot of growth in the business.

    Cons

    Less exposure to high growth situations of startups.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing high tech giant, lots of very smart people to work with, tons of opportunities to move within MS. Great opportunity for constant learning and reinventing oneself.

    Cons

    Not very friendly to over 50 folks. HR is like everybody else's HR, not great.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits, work environment depends on manager, perfomance system too complicated"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits overall and salaries are fairly good compared to the overall market. Success mostly depends on the effectiveness of the immediate leadership team so choose a team with a great reputation.

    Cons

    Hard to get results based on the amount of matrixed teams you have to work with. Heavily politized environment can be stifling and unproductive. Performance system complicated, too many dependencies on teams outside your core team.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize the bonus system. perhaps give smaller bonuses throughout the year aligned to company and team objectives.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Program Manager"

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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

    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


  5. "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


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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "13 years, change is slow"

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    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


  9. "Great employer"

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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

    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.


  10. "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.