Microsoft Corporation Overview
Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft is the world leader in computing software. The most popular Microsoft products are the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Microsoft also produces popular hardware products, such as the Microsoft mouse and the XBox video games product line. They also have significant entertainment holdings, such as MSNBC and msn.com. With over 70,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over $44 Billion, Microsoft is a leader in the global tech industry.
Microsoft Culture and Business Practices
Microsoft has often been criticized for their drive to dominate world markets. "Embrace, extend, extinguish" is a phrase often used to describe Microsoft's market strategy. The company has been sued several times for copyright infringement, and was sued by the US Justice Department for anti-trust violations.
Conversely, Microsoft is considered by many to be an ideal place to work. The company has won awards for innovation, for their commitment to diversity, and for their flexible work arrangements. Their compensation is competitive, and employees with seniority are often very wealthy as a result of Microsoft stock options. Benefits are outstanding, and the company has a notoriously casual dress code.
Working at Microsoft
The interview process for new hires can be gruelling and is designed to test a candidate's ability to work under pressure. Each year Microsoft hires hundreds of entry level college graduates and treats them well, supplying them with food, drink and a strong team environment. In exchange, the work hours are long, and the expectations are very high. Hundreds of job openings are available at any given time.
Typical Openings at Microsoft
Microsoft has hundreds of openings at any given time. Some of the more common openings include: