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38. Microsoft
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 38 (Previous rank: 86)
What makes it so great?
Managers maintain "morale budgets" to stage fun events (team dinners, outings to sports events or plays) for the troops. But after adding 7,500 to payroll since 2007, software king announced January 22 that it will cut up to 5,000 jobs in the next year and a half.
Headquarters: One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
2007 revenue ($ millions): 60,420
U.S. employees 55,237
Employees outside U.S. 36,484
New jobs (1 year) 7,130
% job growth (1 year) 15%
% voluntary turnover 6%
Applicants N/A
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) Thousands
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Software Development Engineer
Most common job (hourly):
Business Administrator
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage Yes
Onsite fitness center No
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 32%
% women 25%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 40
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 40
From the February 2, 2009 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2007 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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