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October 28, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Microsoft named best multinational workplace

Microsoft tops this year’s list of the 25 best multinational workplaces as determined by Great Place to Work Institute, a consulting firm that also produces Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Some 350 multinational companies were potentially eligible to make the best multinationals list, with the top 25 standing out as job creators and succeeding the most in “becoming great workplaces across both physical and cultural borders,” according to the institute.

“The 25 world’s best multinationals clearly demonstrate the main attributes of a great workplace — a place where you trust the people you work for, have pride in what you do, and enjoy the people you work with,” the institute says. “These companies have the courage and confidence to build the kind of workplace where you achieve organizational objectives with employees who give their personal best and work together as a team or family — all in an environment of trust.”

The rankings were based on opinion surveys of employees in 45 countries about their workplace culture and on questionnaires to human resources departments about their policies and practices, according to Agence France-Presse.

The institute highlighted Microsoft Canada’s support of its employees volunteer efforts (and indeed, the company has a match program for employees’ donations of time or money to nonprofits.)

But the trust the institute talks about would seem to be at odds with a cheeky illustration of various tech companies’ org charts that made the tech rounds earlier this year. That illustration depicted Microsoft as an organization where various factions are pointing their guns at each other.

So what do you think? Who’s got the more accurate description? Or maybe it’s a bit of both?

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