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Microsoft Program Management Reviews

Updated 2 March 2017
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  1. "Did not fit the old stereotype at all - extremely pleasant and rewarding experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are extraordinarily talented people who made me want to come to work every day, the management engenders an inclusive and positive culture that can be seen in little things that are hard to fake, and the sheer size, presence and reputation of the company makes it far easier to access customers and prospects.

    Cons

    Can't think of any significant cons. The company under the new management is definitely changing in extremely good ways.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing you are doing now.


  2. "Microsoft is great for your early career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - WW Sales Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - WW Sales Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Internal Tools
    Great Benefits
    Great Experience
    Smart Co-Workers

    Cons

    Significant Internal Politics
    Style over substance
    Slow moving
    Too Many Teams competing for same bonuses
    Corp Executives Rarely see eye to eye

    Advice to Management

    Innovate your people and technology with same investment
    Spend more time understanding the competition
    Reduce size of teams


  3. "Great company if you select the right product or the team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading product and service offerings from Server and Tools division. Great opportunity for innovation.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic in certain product groups. Too many fights between divisions. Not much collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a solid vision for the next ten to twenty years. Divest money losing divisions.


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    "Microsoft, Room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Director Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has a very extensive breadth of opportunity, across a variety of job functions and product lines. Transitioning between products is encouraged (as long as it is not taken to an excess). Most product lines have an amazing ability to make a broad and global impact on people's lives. In specific roles, your work can make a tremendous difference to the success of a product. To top it all off, there is a relatively fantastic benefits package, especially when you factor in healthcare costs.

    Cons

    As a large company, your ability to impact the stock price signficantly as an individual is non-existent and you must rely on less lucrative reward systems which are and highly competitive. Due to its size and approach, Microsoft does not invest in business opportunities that are small, even if the relative payback ratio could be high, resulting in a diminished entrepeneurial capability. The company has an adolescent management culture, without functioning and proven frameworks for growing its next set of leaders. The competitive review rating system ensures that folks that are great contributors but have reach the highest level of competence are forced out to competitors after a time.

    Advice to Management

    Reform the company into a holding company, with each division being autonomous, issuing its own stock. Split product lines within the divisions when growth caps are met to further grow.


  6. "You can do anything at Microsoft"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Program Management in Redmond, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The chance to have significant impact on products and services that are used by and are important to hundreds of millions of people around the world. And, because the company does so many different things, if you get bored or dissatisfied by what you're working on or the people you're working on, you can switch to something different very easily. From conservative cash cow with tons of process to nimble, risky startups with 5 cowboy coders, the company has all kinds of groups.

    The benefits are top notch - no we don't have free food but we have good food and it's not too expensive (and if we had free food I'd probably gain too much weight anyway). Also, there are pockets that do have free snacks - it depends if a group wants to spend part of its budget on snacks for the team - they typically sit in the group admin's office rather than in a microkitchen.

    One con is the process and bureaucracy - but the flip side is that things run incredibly smoothly. Support services, such as building maintenance & moves, IT, etc. all are well funded and make what seems like magic happen to the individual employee.

    Cons

    It is huge, and there are multiple groups working on roughly the same thing at any given time, competing from their own perspective. The inefficiency is disheartening although it usually works itself out in an OK way given enough time.

    In any huge company there are some poor managers and you hear some horror stories, although it seems like after the Vista release, many of the more senior ones were encouraged to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive about killing duplicative projects, even if it means closing groups down. The company has enough open positions that it can absorb it.