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World's 25 best firms to work for, Microsoft No.1

Last updated on: October 28, 2011 17:10 IST

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Software giant Microsoft has topped a list of the world's best multinational companies to work for, where all the top-ten positions have been bagged by American firms.

While there are no Asian companies on the list, all the top-ten positions have been bagged by the US firms, in the list of compiled by human resources consultancy 'Great Place to Work Institute'.
Also, 18 out of the total 25 firms on the list are from the world's biggest economy.

1. Microsoft

Employees: 90,819
Industries: Information Technology, Software
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 2.7%
Global Revenues: $69,900 million
Women in Management: NA

Only those companies which have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and a minimum of 40 per cent (or 5,000 members) of their global workforce outside the company's home country were considered for the list.


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Image: Microsoft Corporation' headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.
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2. SAS

Microsoft is followed by software developer SAS.

The inaugural rankings were based on opinion surveys of more than 2.5 million employees across the world about their workplace culture.

Employees: 12,226
Industries: Information Technology
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 7.6%
Global Revenues: $2,430 million
Women in Management: 31%

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3. NetApp

Network storage provider NetApp has been rated as the world third best place to work for.

The HR consultancy that prepared the list said that the rankings recognize those global companies that have demonstrated "a truly serious commitment to creating workplaces that foster trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees."

Employees: 11,736
Industries: Information Technology, Storage/Data Management
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 18%
Global Revenues: $5,123 million
Women in Management: 23%

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4. Google

Internet giant Google has been ranked at the fourth place.

Employees: 28,768
Industries: Information Technology, Internet Service Provider
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 31.9%
Global Revenues: $29,321 million
Women in Management: NA

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5. FedEx Express

Employees: 150,113
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 2.2%
Global Revenues: $24,600 million
Women in Management: 21.70%

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6. Cisco

Employees: 64,333
Industries: Information Technology
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: NA
Global Revenues: $40,040 million
Women in Management: 16%

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7. Marriott

Employees: 129,000
Industries: Hospitality, Hotel/Resort
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: -5.8%
Global Revenues: $11,691 million
Women in Management: NA

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8. McDonald's

Employees: 1,800,000
Industries: Hospitality, Food and Beverage Service
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 3%
Global Revenues: $24,100 million
Women in Management: 30%

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9. Kimberly-Clark

Employees: 57,000
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Personal and Household goods
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 1.2%
Global Revenues: $19,700 million
Women in Management: NA

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10. SC Johnson

Employees: 12,000
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Personal and Household goods
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: NA
Global Revenues: $8,800 million
Women in Management: NA

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11. Diageo

Employees: 20,000
Industries: Manufacturing and production, Food products; beverages and tobacco
Headquarters: UK
Employee Growth in 1 Year: NA
Global Revenues: $26,662 million
Women in Management: 27%

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12. American Express

Employees: 63,409
Industries: Financial Services & Insurance, Banking, Credit  Services
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 3%
Global Revenues: $27,800 million
Women in Management: 47%

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13. Medtronic

Employees: 43,269
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Medical devices
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 4.6%
Global Revenues: $15,800 million
Women in Management: 27%

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14. Intel

Employees: 90,828
Industries: Information Technology, Hardware
Headquarters: Liechtenstein
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 14.1%
Global Revenues: $43,600 million
Women in Management: 12.70%

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15. Hilti

Employees: 20,305
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Building Materials
Headquarters: Liechtenstein
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 3%
Global Revenues: $4,398 million
Women in Management: NA

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16. 3M

Employees: 80,057
Industries: Manufacturing & Production
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 7%
Global Revenues: $26,662 million
Women in Management: 15.84%

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17. Telefonica

Employees: 134,275
Industries: Telecommunciation
Headquarters: Spain
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 7%
Global Revenues: $82,979 million
Women in Management: 17%

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18. National Instruments

Employees: 6,130
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Electronics
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 15%
Global Revenues: $873 million
1st Year as a Great Place To Work: 2000
Women in Management: 13%

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19. Mars

Employees: 65,000
Industries: Manufacturing and production, Food products; beverages and tobacco
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 0%
Global Revenues: $30,000 million
Women in Management: 27%

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20. Accenture

Employees: 236,000
Industries: Professional Services, Consulting, Management
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 15.7%
Global Revenues: $25,500 million
Women in Management: 16.20%

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21. Roche

Employees: 80,000
Industries: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceuticals
Headquarters: Switzerland
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 11.54%
Global Revenues: $52,901 million
Women in Management: 16%

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22. Novo Nordisk

Employees: 80,057
Industries: Manufacturing and Production
Headquarters: Denmark
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 7%
Global Revenues: $26,662 million
Women in Management: 15.84%

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23. The Coca-Cola Company

Employees: 140,000
Industries: Manufacturing & Production, Food products; beverages and tobacco
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 0%
Global Revenues: $35,119 million
1st Year as a Great Place To Work: 2001
Women in Management: 28%

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24. Atento

Employees: 151,896
Industries: Professional Services, Telephone Support and Sales Centers
Headquarters: Spain
Countries: Argentina, Central America (3), Mexico, Peru, Spain
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 14.9%
Global Revenues: $ $2,201 million
Women in Management: 26.4%

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25. Quintiles

Employees: 23,800
Industries: Health Care, Services
Headquarters: United States
Employee Growth in 1 Year: 5.3%
Global Revenues: $3,000 million
Women in Management: 50.10%



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