We strive to create an empowering environment that brings the power of diversity to life. Where people with different backgrounds and experiences thrive in both their professional and personal lives. Where people channel their passions to help others achieve more.
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.
Our employee resource groups
The Asians Employee Resource Group includes 17 ethnicity groups (Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Filipinos, Malaysians, Pakistan, Bangladeshi, Thai, Nepali, Vietnamese, Israelis, Arabs). It empowers everyone, regardless of life experiences, to achieve more. The group also provides knowledge and insights on technology and business trends for Asian markets.
Founded in 1989 as the first Microsoft-sponsored ERG, Blacks@Microsoft (BAM) hosts a career speaker series, an employee mentoring program, a college intern mentoring program, a minority student day, and a scholarship program for high school seniors.
The disAbility ERG represents employees with conditions such as hearing loss, blindness, visual impairments, ADD, mobility disabilities, and dyslexia. It drives internal visibility, awareness of disability groups, and accessibility improvements in the work environment. It also collaborates with product teams to design, develop, and build accessible and inclusive Microsoft products and awards a scholarship for a high school senior living with a disability.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + (LGBTQ+) community
GLEAM, the global LGBTQ+ employee resource group at Microsoft, works to drive LGBTQ-friendly changes to our company policies in partnership with executive leadership. GLEAM provides support, networking opportunities, and promotes educational activities within Microsoft to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and increase ally engagement.
The Parents ERG is a network of communities that provide resources, share experiences and information, and serve as a voice of support for our diverse families across Microsoft. Signature events include Bring Your Kids to Work Day (BYKTWD) and the annual MS Adoption Fair.
HOLA provides professional development and networking opportunities for members and allies of the Hispanic/Latinx community. It aids in recruiting, retaining and advancing current and future employees in the Hispanic/Latinx community, engages the Hispanic/Latinx community in the development of products and services, and serves as a resource for promoting products to the global Hispanic/Latinx communities and organizations.
Community of women
Women@Microsoft actively helps to attract, recruit, retain, and develop women from around the world in the field of computer technology, starting early by sparking girls’ interest in technology careers. It promotes the study of computer science at traditionally female colleges and other universities, invests in women-focused organizations, seeks out women-owned suppliers, and provides support to women once they are employees at Microsoft.
The Military@Microsoft ERG comprises current and former military members, spouses, and supporters worldwide. It is committed to advocating for inclusion, growing and developing leaders in the community, and promoting military core values by sharing its “esprit de corps” with the Microsoft community. It works closely with Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) to provide transitioning service members and veterans with critical technology career skills. Learn more about our Military Affairs.
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. The 2018 workforce diversity numbers below reflect the organization as of June 30, 2018. Previously published reports reflected the organization as of September 30 of that year. Microsoft and LinkedIn have moved to a June 30 reporting date to align to the company’s fiscal year.
Data as of June 30, 2018.
Gender and ethnicity totals do not include unknown. Denominators include unknown.
Gender data is global, ethnicity data is US only.
In addition to the demographic disclosures provided above, each year we also provide information about equal pay. At Microsoft, we are committed to the principle of equal pay for equal work for our employees. The following information shows a comparison of the pay of all U.S.-based employees who have the same job title and level.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Today, for every dollar earned by men, female employees in the U.S. earn $1.000 dollars in the same job title and level. Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. combined earn $1.006 for every $1 earned by their Caucasian counterparts. Breaking it down even further, African American/Black employees are at $1.003; Hispanic/Latinx employees are at $1.002; and Asian employees are at $1.007 for every $1 earned by Caucasian employees at the same job title and level, respectively.
Data as of September 1, 2018.