The company has received the Global Randstad Award 2015, despite the challenging situations it had to face with the recent waves of layoffs pertaining to the Nokia acquisition.
Google has, over the past few years, attained leading position in this list, but Redmond has managed to enhance its image across the world — it received the recognition last week, labeling it the most attractive employed brand worldwide.
In the words of Stijn Nauwelaerts, the general manager of human resources for Microsoft International:
“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.”
Just for the record, this is the first time in 15 years that Microsoft has won this award.
Quite an achievement for a company that is in the final phase of a companywide reorganization.
Microsoft had more than 120,000 employees last year, many of these added after taking over Nokia’s Devices and Services unit. No less than 18,000 of these were fired in order to better integrate this division with the company’s overall strategy.
Painful process, but it seems to have factored in little in this survey, where 67.8% of the respondents picked Microsoft as the top employer.