Empowering our employees
Our leadership is focused on bringing out the best in people, supporting their goals, and allowing them to find deep meaning in their work.
From DigiGirlz to Microsoft
A Microsoft support engineer for Azure, Migela Evans, is sticking with plan A.
One week of #MicrosoftLife
Microsoft employees hosted the largest private hackathon in the world on our Redmond, WA campus.
The man in the black shirt
Donovan Brown, one of Microsoft’s top presenters, is bringing DevOps to the masses.
The work-life meld and a job that takes your identity to heart are just a couple of reasons to contemplate a career at Microsoft.
Getting everyone in the game
The senior program manager for Microsoft’s independent developer program, ID@Xbox, is dedicated to finding new voices.
Our commitment and approach
At Microsoft, we strive to create a respectful, rewarding, diverse, and inclusive work environment that enables our employees to create products and services that help others to achieve more.
Perhaps the most important driver of our success is culture. We fundamentally believe that we need a culture founded in a growth mindset. It starts with the belief that everyone can grow and develop; potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and anyone can change their mindset.Learn more about our mission and culture
Respecting human rights
Through Microsoft’s Global Human Rights Statement, and as a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we’re committed to respecting the following human rights covenants and declarations:
Compensation and benefits
Our Performance and Development program applies to Microsoft employees globally at every level of the organization to the extent permitted by local law. Stock-based compensation is a key component of our rewards programs at Microsoft, as it provides an ownership stake in the company’s success. Over 85 percent of Microsoft employees are eligible for an annual stock award. In addition, 90 percent of Microsoft’s employees are eligible for a cash bonus. Bonuses focus on an individual’s business impact over the past year.Learn more about our benefits
Diversity and inclusion
For more than two decades, our Global Diversity and Inclusion Office has evolved and enhanced the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives so that we can continue to meet the changing needs of our workforce and business. We are deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment where all employees can do their best work. Our commitment is based on strengthening our diversity and inclusion acumen; deepening leader and manager understanding of our diversity strategy and its value proposition; and increasing senior leader accountability for their diversity plans.Learn more about global diversity and inclusion at Microsoft
Training and development
To support our growth mindset culture and meet the learning needs of our employees around the world, we offer a diverse range of learning and development opportunities. We believe training is not limited to formal instruction, and our training philosophy focuses on providing the right learning, at the right time, in the right way. Opportunities include:
- Training in the classroom, online, and through videos, mobile apps, podcasts, and other formats in multiple languages.
- On-the-job “stretch” opportunities for advancement.
- Frequent promotion opportunities.
- Coaching on career development through ongoing connections with managers.
- Customized training for managers to enhance skills in coaching and mentoring.
- Robust new employee orientation on a range of topics including exploration of our company values, culture and Standards of Business Conduct.
Wellness and safety
Microsoft is committed to supporting our employees’ well-being with comprehensive benefits to help employees maximize their physical, financial, and social wellness. In addition, Microsoft’s Health and Safety program integrates appropriate practices into our operations, and works for continual improvement in employee health and safety. As part of this commitment:
- Professionals assess the safety risks of Microsoft work activities and engage with workers and management to implement safe work practices, hazard controls, and training to minimize safety risks.
- New workspaces and existing workspaces are periodically assessed to ensure they’re constructed with sound design-for-safety principles and so that controls are implemented effectively.
- Microsoft involves employees and managers in Health and Safety Committees specific to our datacenters, retail operations, and our manufacturing facilities.
We spent 2017 deepening our commitment to diversity and inclusion, offering our employees valuable training, and finding better ways to support both them and those they care about.
Employee feedback counts
In FY17, 86% of employees participated in an annual anonymous poll conducted by a third-party vendor. We received record high scores: 92% feel proud to work at Microsoft; 88% would recommend it as a great place to work.
Ethical business decision making
All Microsoft employees must complete annual training on our Standards of Business Conduct. The training course is available in 16 languages. In FY17, as in previous years, we achieved a completion rate for the course of greater than 99 percent.Read the standards
Committed to diversity and inclusion
Building on our commitment to create a more diverse Microsoft, we announced our dedication of resources against a range of priorities and initiatives focused on retention, culture, and pipeline expansion pivots.Hear from Gwen Houston
Family caregiver leave
Microsoft is now offering its employees family caregiver leave, a new global benefit that will allow workers to take up to four weeks of fully paid leave to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.Read the announcement
FY17 Reporting resources
Get the bigger picture
We offer many key resources across microsoft.com to help visitors gain a more comprehensive understanding of our commitment to empower our employees.