Inside Microsoft

We strive to create an environment that helps Microsoft capitalize on the diversity of its people and the inclusion of ideas and solutions to meet the needs of its increasingly global and diverse customer base.

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Our employee community

At Microsoft, we believe that our continued success depends on the diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds that our employees bring to the company. To help foster diversity and inclusion, Microsoft has a rich community of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and Employee Networks (EN). These organizations provide career development, support, networking opportunities, mentoring, community participation, product input, and assistance in activities that promote cultural awareness. Their programs include speaker series, scholarship programs, community service, development conferences, and heritage celebrations.

Employee networks

  • Africans at Microsoft
  • Arabs at Microsoft
  • Attention Deficit Disorder at Microsoft
  • Bangladeshi Employees at Microsoft
  • Blacks at Microsoft
  • Boomers at Microsoft
  • Brazilians at Microsoft
  • Chinese Employees at Microsoft
  • Dads at Microsoft
  • Egyptians at Microsoft
  • ExYugoslavians at Microsoft
  • Filipinos at Microsoft
  • French at Microsoft
  • Friends of Japanese at Microsoft
  • Hellenes at Microsoft
  • Hong Kong Employees at Microsoft
  • Huddle (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
  • Indian Employees at Microsoft
  • Israelis at Microsoft
  • Koreans at Microsoft
  • Malaysians at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Adoption
  • Microsoft Asian Professional Society
  • Microsoft Nepali
  • Military Reservists at Microsoft
  • Moms at Microsoft
  • Native Americans at Microsoft
  • New Zealanders and Australians in the U.S.
  • Pakistanis at Microsoft
  • Persians at Microsoft
  • Portuguese at Microsoft
  • Romanians at Microsoft
  • Russian-speaking Community
  • Singaporeans at Microsoft
  • Single Parents at Microsoft
  • Taiwanese Microsoft Employees
  • Thais at Microsoft
  • Turks at Microsoft
  • Ukrainians at Microsoft
  • U.S. Military Veterans at Microsoft
  • Vietnamese at Microsoft
  • Visually Impaired Persons at Microsoft
  • Working Parents at Microsoft

As we transform our business and culture, the value proposition for diversity and inclusion within Microsoft is increasingly clear -- a diverse and inclusive workforce will yield better products and solutions for our customers, and better experiences for our employees. We actively seek to enable the full contribution of our employees through greater levels of diversity in our workforce and a spirit of inclusion within our environment.

We know that diversity gains will not be sustained unless we all do our part to encourage new and different perspectives, solutions and innovative ideas to surface from all our employees. Being inclusive is not something we simply do, but rather it stands for who we are. We see our leaders and managers as role models in transforming the culture.

To that end, this past fiscal year, we’ve put more focus and thought into advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda within the company. We developed and rolled out key priorities, which have now been woven into the Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and approved by our Board of Directors. This new strategy has four specific areas of focus: Transform the Culture, Empower Our People, Expand our Talent Pipeline, and Delight our Customers.

Our diversity gains are a work in progress and we have much to do to increase and sustain the presence of diverse talent at all levels of our company. Our leadership and the ways in which we shape this culture will impact generations to come. For more information, click here.

Our workforce

The demographics of our workforce will continue to serve as one measure of our progress toward a more diverse and inclusive Microsoft, and our contribution to the diversity of the tech industry at large.

2015
OverallTechNon-TechLeadershipRetailDirect Production Factories
  • Female: 26.8%Male: 73.1%FemaleMale26.8%73.1%31,064 employees84,695 employeesGenderTooltip
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%Caucasian: 59.2%Asian: 29.3%Hispanic/Latino: 5.4%African American/Black: 3.5%Multi-Racial: 1.3%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.5%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.3%0.5%1.3%3.5%5.4%29.3%59.2%154 employees308 employees799 employees2,112 employees3,239 employees17,730 employees35,828 employeesEthnicity
  • Female: 16.9%Male: 83.0%FemaleMale16.9%83.0%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%Caucasian: 55.5%Asian: 35.8%Hispanic/Latino: 3.9%African American/Black: 2.3%Multi-Racial: 1.3%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.6%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.2%0.6%1.3%2.3%3.9%35.8%55.5%Ethnicity
  • Female: 41.7%Male: 58.1%FemaleMale41.7%58.1%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.4%Caucasian: 67.6%Asian: 14.5%Hispanic/Latino: 8.6%African American/Black: 6.2%Multi-Racial: 1.4%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.4%0.4%1.4%6.2%8.6%14.5%67.6%Ethnicity
  • Female: 17.3%Male: 82.6%FemaleMale17.3%82.6%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%Caucasian: 70.1%Asian: 22.4%Hispanic/Latino: 4.0%African American/Black: 2.1%Multi-Racial: 0.7%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.3%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.1%0.3%0.7%2.1%4.0%22.4%70.1%Ethnicity
  • Female: 34.9%Male: 64.2%MaleFemale64.2%34.9%Gender
    American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.6%Caucasian: 46.2%Hispanic/Latino: 21.8%African American/Black: 19.4%Asian: 8.6%Multi-Racial: 2.0%Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.3%American Indian/Alaska NativeNative Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderMulti-RacialAsianAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoCaucasian0.6%1.3%2.0%8.6%19.4%21.8%46.2%Ethnicity
  • Female: 57.9%Male: 42.1%FemaleMale57.9%42.1%Gender
Data as of September 30, 2015.
Gender and ethnicity totals do not include unknown. Denominators include unknown.
Gender data are global, ethnicity data are US only.
Additional information can be found in our EEO-1 report and selected portions of our affirmative action plan as a federal contractor under Executive Order 11246.
2014
OverallTechNon-TechLeadershipRetailDirect Production Factories
  • Female: 29.0%Male: 70.9%FemaleMale29.0%70.9%36,765 employees90,011 employeesGenderTooltip
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%Caucasian: 60.5%Asian: 28.8%Hispanic/Latino: 5.1%African American/Black: 3.4%Multi-Racial: 1.2%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.5%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.3%0.5%1.2%3.4%5.1%28.8%60.5%153 employees295 employees735 employees2,095 employees3,080 employees17,545 employees36,792 employeesEthnicity
  • Female: 17.1%Male: 82.8%FemaleMale17.1%82.8%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%Caucasian: 56.5%Asian: 35.2%Hispanic/Latino: 3.8%African American/Black: 2.3%Multi-Racial: 1.2%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.5%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.2%0.5%1.2%2.3%3.8%35.2%56.5%Ethnicity
  • Female: 44.5%Male: 55.4%FemaleMale44.5%55.4%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.4%Caucasian: 69.6%Asian: 14.0%Hispanic/Latino: 7.9%African American/Black: 6.2%Multi-Racial: 1.3%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.4%0.4%1.3%6.2%7.9%14.0%69.6%Ethnicity
  • Female: 17.3%Male: 82.6%FemaleMale17.3%82.6%Gender
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%Caucasian: 72.0%Asian: 20.7%Hispanic/Latino: 3.8%African American/Black: 2.2%Multi-Racial: 0.7%American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%Native Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeMulti-RacialAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoAsianCaucasian0.1%0.2%0.7%2.2%3.8%20.7%72.0%Ethnicity
  • Female: 37.3%Male: 61.2%MaleFemale61.2%37.3%Gender
    American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.6%Caucasian: 49.7%Hispanic/Latino: 19.4%African American/Black: 19.2%Asian: 8.0%Multi-Racial: 1.8%Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.2%American Indian/Alaska NativeNative Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderMulti-RacialAsianAfrican American/BlackHispanic/LatinoCaucasian0.6%1.2%1.8%8.0%19.2%19.4%49.7%Ethnicity
  • Female: 60.8%Male: 39.2%FemaleMale60.8%39.2%Gender
Data as of September 30, 2014.
Gender and ethnicity totals do not include unknown. Denominators include unknown.
Gender data are global, ethnicity data are US only.
  • Our workforce demographics
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