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Google tops Fortune’s best workplace list for 2012, Microsoft near the bottom

It has become no surprise that Google has topped Fortune’s list of Best Companies to Work For in 2012. Once again, Google comes out on top. But what is interesting is Microsoft’s place in the list. Microsoft comes out as 76 out of 100.


One of the perks of working at Google

“Everything was up at Google last year — revenue, profits, share price, paid search clicks, hiring — and so, too, was employee love; the search giant climbed three slots in our ranking to reclaim the top spot,” Fortune stated.

Well its no surprise. Google is known for their culture of employee perks such as a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping, cafes, special rooms to rest, a slide that offers quick access from different floors, minimum of two large monitors per workstation, pool tables, professional masseuses, all while at work! Google even lets you work while on a lawn chair! “I want Google to be an amazing place to work, so really excited to see us ranked as the best place to work by Fortune for the third time (more than any company)! Google is the sum of our people and their hard work and dedication. Thanks everyone,” Google’s Larry Page stated in response to Fortune’s list.

What about Microsoft? According to a survey by Universum back in September, Microsoft is still one of the world’s most attractive employers. In fact, Microsoft is so attractive, that more people would rather work for the Redmond giant instead of Apple. However, Google still beats out both companies. Microsoft ranked third among the world’s 50 most attractive companies for people seeking engineering careers. Google was at the top of that list coming in at number one while IBM was the second runner-up.

In Fortune’s 2012 list, Microsoft was ranked 76th. Last year, Microsoft was 72. Microsoft doesn’t offer lavish perks like Google does, but they do offer healthcare and tuition assistance. Perhaps Microsoft should allow its employees to work while relaxing on a lawn chair.

The way this list is complied is pretty simple. Fortune ranks companies based on how they treat their employees. For example, SAS is known for offering their employees child care, unlimited sick time, and a free health care center. SAS came in 3rd place in the 2012 list. NetAPP came in 6th place and is known for giving huge bonuses to its employees who participate in the company’s pay-for-performance program which would sometimes mean earning a bonus of up to 31% of their salary!

You can view the entire list here.

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