Microsoft Salary & Benefits reviews: Senior Program Manager
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Great opportunity to learn with fellow employees in a working environment that is vert team orientated. Very smart engineers that are willing to help others succeed. Great work/family lifestyle. Good Communications with Upper Management.High visibility projects where you get notice by upper management.
Benefits-Family Time-Smart-Team Orientated employees
Even with all of the changes that they have gone through over the years, Microsoft remains a very attractive workplace with a competitive environment. If you want to be as close to the bleeding edge of technology, this is one of the few places that you will be able to do so at.
Access to the latest "everything", benefits, the people you work with
Very competitive, no room for people who enjoy what they do and are comfy staying in a position long term
Strong benefits package. The company is undergoing a transformation, which is an exciting time compared to prior CEO's leadership. Much of your overall job satisfaction will come down to which team you join and the quality of your direct manager. Politics runs high, especially in more senior positions.
Politics still rampant
Microsoft is a great company, with a lousy work culture. Unfortunately, customer focus is an afterthought, and petty office politics ruin the experience of working one of the greatest companies in the world. If you get to work here, make sure you keep your manager close as he will make or break your career. Complaining and arguing are not well received, and if you do, you will be labeled and ostracized. The worst part is witnessing how people get ahead even though they clearly lack the maturity and experience. You just make sure you have enough verbiage to support the slightest pencil push in your evaluation. Other than that, the benefits are great.
Competitive pay, great benefits
Deeply Political, lack of relevant work, bad performance review system
all teams have different priorities and the orgs never align so that you basically all have a gun to one another like it's a hostage situation and you have to get your demands met without caving to agreeing to do anythign for anyone else ebcause that slows down your team's other priorities. This is the antithesis of agile. Give your crews a chance to be innovative by ensuring that org goals have resourcing alignment.
lack of alignment on org priorities
I worked as a contractor for Microsoft for 5 years and as a full time employee for 9. In my contracting days I worked in many different departments and in the advertising department when I was full time. As a contractor it was very stressful but a rewarding job with the challenges and opportunities provided. As a full time employee it was significantly less stressful overall and I always felt like we were doing something productive. The teams and benefits were great and they really emphasize work/life balance. I could not recommend Microsoft more!
Benefits, pay, time off, great opportunities for advancement and movement.
Sometimes red tape can get in the way. Same with any large business.
Overall Microsoft is a pretty good place for young people. It’s a little challenge for working wives.
I like Microsoft culture of diversity. The working environment is pretty comfortable. It had good compensation and benefit before, but now are getting worse (e.g. Medical Insurance). It feels that the company is trending down instead of up.
Although there are always issues when working in a large company, especially one as massive as Microsoft, there are pockets of managers who actually do a great job. If you are lucky enough to work for a manager who sticks up for their team, Microsoft can't be beat. The benefits are the best I have ever seen - you get thousands in perks you won't get elsewhere.
Free frinks and snacks, great health care programs, even free gym
Some managers are better than others
Microsoft is a very large company. If you are working in the right group it can be great. If you are not, it can be unbearable. The pay and benefits are among the best you will find in the Seattle area for any of the technology companies. The crazy competitive (some would way Machiavellian) environment with people getting ahead by tearing others down is a real negative. Yes you can get ahead on your own merit, but to really succeed you have usually have to tear other people down.
Cutting edge technology company with an inclusive ethos but driven to overplay the performance of it's people. I learned leadership skills and business management. The culture embraces diversity and inclusion. Performance bar is set very high and high achievement is expected.
Performance review process
Management excellence is not consistent and can vary greatly across teams. Company needs to advance its commitment to diversity and inclusion of all groups.
Benefits and perks
Great benefits and pay. Super enthusiastic people. Great career growth. Gets harder as you go up the chain. Has problems that come with a big orgs such as things move slowly sometimes.