DQG in  
Product Manager 3 months ago

Returning to Microsoft - Compensation & Level Expectations

Hello everyone,

I am considering returning to Microsoft and would appreciate some advice on my compensation and level expectations.

Background Information:

  • Total Experience: 15 years+ MBA from top US B school
  • Product Management Experience: 7 years
  • 5 years at Microsoft
  • 2 years at startup organizations - principal PM and VP of Product Management (current role)
  • Current Compensation:
  • Base: $180,000
  • Bonus: $60,000

Additional Context:

When I left Microsoft, I was at Level 63 and had spent one and a half years at that level. I was expecting a promotion within the next few months.


  1. What compensation and bonus can I reasonably expect if I rejoin Microsoft as a Technical Specialist (technical sales)?
  2. Is it unreasonable to ask for Level 65 given my experience and previous tenure at the company?

Thank you in advance for your insights and recommendations.

qwertyCoderSoftware Engineer 3 months ago
What location are you in? I'll assume Seattle since that'd be most common. For comp I'd expect around $250k mark give or take. I don't think it's unreasonable. You'll want to make sure you have this conversation in the initial recruiter screen / as early as possible so that they interview you for the correct level.
DQGProduct Manager 3 months ago
I am in Dallas, TX and the Tech sales role is in Dallas areas as well.