Microsoft tops the list as the best global workplace

By Tom Warren, on 28th Oct 11 3:46 pm with 28 Comments

Microsoft has been ranked as the number one global workplace by the great places to work institute.

The software giant topped the list this year based on its 90,819 global employees. “Being recognized as the number one global workplace by the Great Places to Work Institute is an honor,” said Microsoft’s chief people officer, Lisa Brummel, in a blog post on Thursday. “Our investments in our employees and the opportunities for them have not gone unnoticed. We are particularly proud of the work people get to do every day, and the impact we have on the world around us.”

Brummel praised Microsoft’s Xbox group as an example of great opportunity and innovation. “Ten years ago, we had only a fledgling PC games business,” explained Brummel. “Since then, as a company and with the talented people in that group, Xbox has grown to be one of the most valued platforms in the entertainment arena.” The great places to work institute found that the average age of Microsoft employees is 38.5 and that the company offers flex time, telecommuting and job sharing. Microsoft Canada employes are allowed 40 fully paid hours per year to devote to volunteer activities. Employees time can be spent helping out at orphanages, setting up a soup kitchen or various other activities.

“Microsoft is a great community, and the voice of the employee will continue to drive us forward,” said Brummel. “Today, we’ll celebrate being the number one best global company to work for.”

  • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

    I’m interested into hearing how Apple (and Electronic Arts) would rank in this. My guess is not so good.

    • Anonymous

      I have some friends working at each (Microsoft, Apple, Electronic Arts) and all of them love their jobs and what they do actually. Microsoft definitely seems to be the most diverse company of the three though, also most philanthropic, and most green conscious. Still I would say all three are really unique places to work, with their own special perks and benefits.

    • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

      Yeah, overall the tech companies treat their employees pretty well (compared to the slave labor they use for manufacturing, but that’s another topic for another day). It’s a good way to pool job talent, and a big reason why the Tech Sector is one of the biggest and fastest growing job sectors.

    • Beyercüst

      I doubt someone that working at Apple would say they don’t like their job. They are probably fanboys.

    • Kieran Kelly

      I want to know how Steve Jobs treated his staff

    • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

      Some parts of Jobs’ biography reference this, I think. I haven’t read it myself though.

    • Joe

      You mean Jobs’ post-grave slam fest?

    • Anonymous

      Probably no worse than Bill Gates treated his staff (who also had a reputation, by the way). Sadly, this is often common in competitive/successful workplaces because you get a lot of passionate people just wanting to do what the feel is the right thing.

      I think the reason why Steve Jobs stands out so much is because he was fired from his own company (but look at how the company did afterwards). And a big reason for Steve Jobs getting fired was because of John Sculley, who wasn’t really a technical CEO, and didn’t really understand Apple’s working environment.

    • Guest

      Sales at Apple increased from tenfold under Sculley’s management. I know that doesn’t fit the “Sculley sucked and Jobs was brilliant” meme, the same way Next failing doesn’t fit it, but facts are often inconvenient.

  • http://twitter.com/pierrerv Pierre Venescar

    I should apply

  • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

    Great! Now sign me up Microsoft if it’s that good!

  • Anonymous

    No brainer, MSFT is the best in everything.

    • Guest

      Aren’t even you getting tired of this shtick?

    • JimmyBanks

      You see, i come here to get msft news.

      Now blind faith like this is what i call pathetic and sheep.

      inb4 calling me a troll, when im just giving an opinion.

    • Matthewmsft

      I think he was being slightly sarcastic

    • MiniMic

      MS best place to work?  Tell that to Kevin Timmons 

  • Guest

    Meanwhile Brummel sells her shares as fast as she can and has been on sabbatical for most of the last year. Add her to the list of top executives that need to go.

  • Anonymous

    Ranking one of your clients (who pays you cash) as “best in the world” – sounds unbiased to me.

    http://www.greatplacetowork.com/about-us/our-clients

    • Guest

      Yeah, they probably risked their reputation of 30 years to favor MS. You’re onto something there. /s

    • http://twitter.com/Shadow_024 Shadow 024

      I saw some of the companies on that list and also on the top 25.  McDonalds for one.  However, while pepsi is a “partner” Coca-Cola was on the top 25 and pepsi was not.  I doubt they were being biased.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t even go through the list the moment I read M$ topped the list…

    • http://twitter.com/Shadow_024 Shadow 024

      Google was #4, if it makes you feel any better.

    • Anonymous

      No it didn’t make him feel any better. MSFT #1 = troll heads exploding!

    • Anonymous

      yes it does makes me feel better…much better…

  • Anonymous

    McDonalds is also on that list so there goes its credibility.

    • Anonymous

      MSFT #1, Google is #4, Cisco #6, Intel #14 and Apple nowhere to be seen LOL!!! I guess treating your employees like slaves/dirt is the secret to profit!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder where Intel is ranked.

  • Anonymous

    This is not the first poll that they have won