program manager Job Reviews
Women who are program managers have an overall job satisfaction level of 3.5, 55.3% of them believe there is gender equality in their firms, and make an average salary range of $80k-$100k.
It is an old boys club where women are rarely promoted and rarely considered.
To ask other women on the team you're considering joining about they're experiences. The way women and minorities are treated varies drastically from group to group.
In the four years I've been here, there has been an increase in the number of women in meaningful, impactful leadership roles. This is a positive change. I feel that the company is now well-balanced in terms of voices heard by leadership; it's no longer led by men, with women limited to lesser/less impactful roles.
I worked for 3 years before I was able to use the maternity leave at MSFT. I had an incredible support system where my manager was a woman and her manager was a woman as well (though childless at the time). They scraped the barrel to find as much time off necessary to give me a full 5-month paid leave plus suggested to come by the 6th month as part time. They paid for my pump through the Women's Leadership's Council funds and installed a lock in my office for privacy. Where else could you find such flexibility? Granted I had female managers but where else would you find 2 female managers to begin with? It was blissful.
Cisco preaches the importance of work-life balance, but as with most companies, you need to be able to schedule your time in a way that allows you to take advantage of relaxed time off. In meetings I've heard very inappropriate comments made by male colleagues with these comments being only brushed under the rug and moved on from.
Men tend to dominate the highest leadership positions, but otherwise as with many non-profits, we're in a mostly female environment. I was treated well after maternity leave, and since I had a great, caring boss, was able to have a flexible work schedule after I returned. This varies greatly from team to team, and I also had a careless HR manager tell me how "lucky" I was to "get paid to do nothing" for three months while I was on maternity leave. The institute pays for 2 weeks of family leave, with your standard 6 weeks of disability pay and the rest covered by sick/vacation.
Pay is subpar and there are very few women in senior management. I have worked here for over six years and have been promoted three times, but make 40k less than the median pay for my role. I was once told by a director during a job interview that he was concerned that if I had to get tough with the team they would perceive me as a bitch. I was overlooked for that promotion even though I had more experience and success than the man they selected. The whole department was outraged, but that behavior continued for the two years I was in it.
I've worked here for 7 years and have had both male and female management chains. All are great. There are some women in leadership that seem to have something to prove, but there are plenty of men like that too. I've worked at a number of different companies and Microsoft is the most fair and equal to women, and has the least amount of sexual harassment. Highly recommend it here.
There is general fairness, but the management and workforce is heavily male dominated. Networking with men is difficult, especially if it happens post work over drinks. I also have worked with a few senior people ,manager (1 out of 6) and ICs where I have been judged on likability instead of assertiveness and performance. I have not seen this criteria extend to men. The other area which needs work is when people are given more focus if they share their criticism and opinions, rather than collaboratively proposing solutions.