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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.


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

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