I don't feel like I'm being held back by the controller much when doing anything, I imagine the stuff that gets annoying micromanaging is as annoying on PC once you have to many planets and sectors are sectors by the sounds of it, or getting notifications for too many things at once.
We're on an old patch still, 1.7? So we're playing a different version of the game, Utopia is supposed to bring us further along but I don't know if it's meant for us to match.
Learning the game and how everything works can feel daunting but I've made pretty good sense of it now, survived a crisis on my third run. The game definitely has me sucked in right now, I should probably start splitting time with other games soon but every night after work I just want to see what happens next, and how far my robot/droid/android plan for my current race plays out, since I haven't used them before.