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Microsoft Project Manager Reviews

Updated Oct 21, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some really smart people around , some of the technical folks will really amaze you .

    Cons

    Large and slow - a lot of middle management paper pushers who are where they are just because they have spent time in MS

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize Satya's war on middle management quickly , a fat middle layer which is mainly just pushing paper without adding value is slowing down the agility needed in the second coming of Microsoft.

    Microsoft2015-10-25
  2. "Home grown employees are becoming a rarity"

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    Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    MS is a decent place to work if you can manage to get on a good team with transparent managers and stay away from office politics though this will certainly shorten your career

    Cons

    You have to make strategic alignments to keep your job. Its not at all about performance or "Doing the right thing" trust me...

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow managers to :"manage: people out of their jobs to try to save their skins...

    Microsoft2015-10-28
  3. "Weak"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Nice facility, most co-workers are civil to friendly. Salaries are higher than average for the area. Contractors were great to work with.

    Cons

    Less than competent management. Lots of two faced and political action (honesty not valued). Projects that do nothing other than spend money and keep people busy. Many of the FTE's (particularly middle management) are unethical.

    Microsoft2015-10-05
  4. "Creative and fast paced"

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    Former Contractor - FEMALE PROJECT MANAGER in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Creative and fast pased tech on the edge of r&d incubating some great out of this world projects but dont get sucked in the political drama and evaluation wars

    Cons

    Recreating the wheel in every team not much process sharing or knowledge transferring for pm's

    Advice to Management

    Use some committments and goal summaries for contractors as well

    Microsoft2015-09-21
  5. "Great Company, Great Benefits."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Delivery Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, training, career growth are wonderful. Also, your annual increase is based upon how you have helped others, how you have learned from others, how you have helped Microsoft grow, and if a consultant, your utilization. They truly put effort towards giving everyone an opportunity to grow and excel. Constant visibility to corporate direction - town halls, etc. New CEO has made a real difference from what I... hear from long-term employees.

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    Cons

    Utilization for consultants is important yet outside of a consultant's control since it depends on whether there is an open position on a project. Too many reviews - 1 per quarter. Might have to travel weekly from one coast to the other if nothing available in your own region, but that is the nature of consulting, so not really a con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! The culture is great!

    Microsoft2015-09-06
  6. "Program Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, good people to work with

    Cons

    pay below scale for comparable opportunities

    Microsoft2015-08-07
  7. "Technical Project Manager"

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    Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional environment, everything is process driven.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to convert from Contract to Full time.

    Advice to Management

    none

    Microsoft2015-07-24
  8. "Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment

    Cons

    Communication across the regions can be dysfunctional at times.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the strategic management process

    Microsoft2015-07-17
  9. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Senior Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    You can see the world change from what you do here. Awesome benefits and incredible salary. Very, very bright people and leaders in your field are your coworkers.

    Cons

    Smartest people on the planet believe their own press. Internal squabbling and bickering, people moaning and complaining about stack ranking. For a company of such influence, surprisingly closed minds.

    Microsoft2015-08-06
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with room to move around within organizations

    Cons

    Culture of "who you know not what you know." Company is RAPIDLY Being overtaken by H1-B Visa workers who once trenched in only hire other imported workers. If you are a local you are on your way out at Microsoft... this is obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Hire AMERICAN workers. Micrososft is slipping and will soon be gone for good. Foreign workers deliver much lower quality, introduce terrible inefficiencies in communication across teams and ultimately is a BAD DEAL for everyone except non-Americans.

    Microsoft2015-07-27
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