Ballmer

Anonymous third-party surveys of Microsoft employees don’t always turn out so well for Steve Ballmer. But Microsoft this week came out very well in one of these surveys, landing atop the inaugural list of the Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.

To compile the list, research and consulting firm Great Place to Work surveyed more than 2.5 million employees, and used “workplace culture analytics” from more than 5,500 companies — representing “the world’s largest and most respected yearly studies of workplace excellence and management practices,” according to the research firm.

Microsoft was No. 1. Yes, even ahead of Google and its legendary gourmet cafeterias.

GeekWire got it hands on the memo sent by the Microsoft CEO yesterday to the company’s employees marking the ranking. Here’s the text.

Yesterday, Microsoft was named as the World’s Best Global Company to Work For.

We should all be incredibly proud of the company and culture that we have created together. We are unique in our ambition to build technology that makes life better for billions of people and millions of businesses around the world.  We have bold ideas that we pursue passionately and we can achieve anything when we work together and focus.

You can read more about the award here. It’s an award that only companies with a broad global footprint were eligible for and rankings were determined based on anonymous feedback from employees and managers from thousands of companies across six continents.

Each of you helps make Microsoft a great place to work. Thank you.

Steve

Others in the top 10 (in order) were SAS, NetApp, Google, FedEx Express, Cisco, Marriott, McDonald’s, Kimberly Clark, and SC Johnson.

Comments

  • Guest

    Congratulations once again to Steve Ballmer. Under his leadership, not only is Microsoft a world leader in dozens of categories, but employees are treated better than any other multinational in the world. There’s a reason you don’t see 4,600-word rants posted to Google+ by bitter ex-Microsofties.

    • Guest

      Ballmer leadership is an oxymoron. He’s taken growth of 70% and turned it into 7%. He’s lost MS’s decade head start in mobile and tablets through arrogance, competitive misjudgment of epic proportions, and incompetence. The stock has been halved despite pouring more than one hundred billion into buybacks. And Apple, a company that was nearly bankrupt when he took over, is now larger, more profitable, growing 7x faster and worth more than a hundred billion more.

      If employees are so well treated at MS, then why are they leaving in droves, requiring MS to increase compensation specifically to try and stem the flow?

      Your hero is a failure who should have been fired at least five years ago. By not doing that, the board has condemned MS to a future that will far less bright than its past.

    • Guest

      Ballmer leadership is an oxymoron. He’s taken growth of 70% and turned it into 7%. He’s lost MS’s decade head start in mobile and tablets through arrogance, competitive misjudgment of epic proportions, and incompetence. The stock has been halved despite pouring more than one hundred billion into buybacks. And Apple, a company that was nearly bankrupt when he took over, is now larger, more profitable, growing 7x faster and worth more than a hundred billion more.

      If employees are so well treated at MS, then why are they leaving in droves, requiring MS to increase compensation specifically to try and stem the flow?

      Your hero is a failure who should have been fired at least five years ago. By not doing that, the board has condemned MS to a future that will far less bright than its past.

      • Guest

        Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man too many fish and he leaves to start his own fishmongery.

      • Guest

        Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man too many fish and he leaves to start his own fishmongery.

      • Guest

        Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man too many fish and he leaves to start his own fishmongery.

      • Anonymous

        Ballmer has made mistakes, but the idea that you can have 70% growth decade after decade is ridiculous.

    • Guest

      Ballmer leadership is an oxymoron. He’s taken growth of 70% and turned it into 7%. He’s lost MS’s decade head start in mobile and tablets through arrogance, competitive misjudgment of epic proportions, and incompetence. The stock has been halved despite pouring more than one hundred billion into buybacks. And Apple, a company that was nearly bankrupt when he took over, is now larger, more profitable, growing 7x faster and worth more than a hundred billion more.

      If employees are so well treated at MS, then why are they leaving in droves, requiring MS to increase compensation specifically to try and stem the flow?

      Your hero is a failure who should have been fired at least five years ago. By not doing that, the board has condemned MS to a future that will far less bright than its past.

  • Guest

    Congratulations once again to Steve Ballmer. Under his leadership, not only is Microsoft a world leader in dozens of categories, but employees are treated better than any other multinational in the world. There’s a reason you don’t see 4,600-word rants posted to Google+ by bitter ex-Microsofties.

  • Greg

    Methodology on this survey is really weak.  From the link you gave in your post:

    “To qualify, multinationals must have appeared on at least 5 national Best Workplaces lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and have at least 40% (or 5,000 employees) of their workforce based outside their home country. Extra weight was given for the number of countries where a company participated in a Great Place to Work® contest and the percentage of a multinational’s workforce covered by all Great Place to Work® surveys.”

    • Anonymous

      Yet Apple did not even place top 25.

      • Guest

        Most of Apple’s employees are US-based. Their hardware is made by Foxconn, a company that’s such a Great Place to Work® that people are literally dying to make iPhones.

  • Greg

    Methodology on this survey is really weak.  From the link you gave in your post:

    “To qualify, multinationals must have appeared on at least 5 national Best Workplaces lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and have at least 40% (or 5,000 employees) of their workforce based outside their home country. Extra weight was given for the number of countries where a company participated in a Great Place to Work® contest and the percentage of a multinational’s workforce covered by all Great Place to Work® surveys.”

  • Greg

    Methodology on this survey is really weak.  From the link you gave in your post:

    “To qualify, multinationals must have appeared on at least 5 national Best Workplaces lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and have at least 40% (or 5,000 employees) of their workforce based outside their home country. Extra weight was given for the number of countries where a company participated in a Great Place to Work® contest and the percentage of a multinational’s workforce covered by all Great Place to Work® surveys.”

  • http://twitter.com/AndreHBuss André Henrique Buss

    GOGOGOGO Ballmer :)

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