Recently, Microsoft was nominated as the most attractive employer worldwide. In fact, it is the Global Randstad Award winner for 2015. The prize was presented by Randstad CEO Jacques van den Broek at an international press meeting in Brussels on April 23.
The Randstad award, which is based on the largest independent employer branding survey in the world, voted the multinational software supergiant the most attractive employers among thousands of companies. This is quite an achievement as the Randstad Award is presented in 23 countries across Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas throughout March and April
For 2015, Microsoft surpassed Sony (the previous year’s winner), Samsung and Google that are still high on the list. This is the first time in 15 years that Microsoft takes the prize as “the most attractive employer worldwide.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Stijn Nauwelaerts, general manager of human resources for Microsoft International said, “We take this commitment – both to our employees and to our millions of customers around the world – very seriously, and we’re particularly pleased to see Microsoft recognized as the #1 place to work for both women and men.”
Microsoft is recognized as the No. 1 Global Workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute. This is a great honor says, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was appointed a year ago (February 4, 2014). He is extremely proud to be part of a company that is excited about changing, innovating and taking risks, adding the company is on its way in making a significant difference for both its employees (regarding overall satisfaction with their job) and clients (with innovative products and services).
As Microsoft’s third CEO (succeeding Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates), Satya Nadella brings innovation and a spirit of collaboration to the role. He says, “[the company’s strategic direction] will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.” He adds that approach helps Microsoft set a course for itself that is distinct from that of its biggest rivals.
The Randstad award focuses on 10 key attributes including salary, career progression and training. Such an assessment gives weight to various traits to identify the organization’s uniqueness. Microsoft scored very well in all categories, as overall brand awareness, absolute attractiveness and relative attractiveness. Some of the pros are the salary and benefits, long-term job security, and offering a pleasant working atmosphere; all were said to be Microsoft’s leading merits. The company is also recognized for offering the following three attributes that place them above other workplaces: financial health, strong management, and good training.
For 2015, the survey collected info also on whether or not respondents considered changing employer and why. More than 225,000 people in 23 countries responded to the Global Randstad Award survey; 67.8 per cent of the respondents indicated they would like to work for Microsoft; this was higher than any other company score.
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