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Great place to work, lots of different product groups, lots of different roles

Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe work culture is very open. There are a lot of different roles to choose from - developer, test engg, program manager, product management, marketing, etc. There are also a lot of different product groups you can join internally. Internal movement is very smooth and the process is pretty well understood. Pay is very competitive.

ConsMost v1 products are a lot of fun to work on. When a product team gets bigger, then the processes that come with it are pretty tedious. With bigger groups, you also get a high level of office politics where folks start engaging in micro-one-upmanship that be pretty damaging to the long term health of the product.

Advice to Senior ManagementRun a lean product group by focusing on a few areas that you absolutely want to shine in. Ignore the rest. Do not try to please each and every customer in each and every market segment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Microsoft Marketing Manager responded to this review

Nov 26, 2012

Very thorough and articulate review, thank you very much for taking the time.

Best,
GEM

 

Solid internship experience

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I worked at Microsoft


Pros: kind and helpful people, relaxed atmosphere, great perks and benefits, a lot… Cons: most positions only in Redmond/Bellevue, because of Microsoft strategy you cannot use many interesting open-source technologies and have to… More

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Great place but substandard pay

Software Development Engineer In Test IV (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year


Pros: * Great for building your resume! * Very friendly, laid-back atmosphere. * Enough challenging projects to keep one from getting bored. * Free drinks. * The feeling that the… Cons: * Pay scale is significantly below industry standards. * Most positions are contracts, which cannot exceed a year in length (after which you cannot work there… Advice to Senior Management: 1. Open source is your friend. Bring more OSS people into your ranks. These people can add a lot of insight about ways… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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