Microsoft Ranks No. 50 on FORTUNE's 2007 Best Companies to Work For
Microsoft, with 44,298 U.S. employees, added 5,203 jobs last year. A Software Developer, its most common salaried job, is paid an average of $118,500 annually.
New perks in 2006 included free grocery delivery, dry-cleaning service, and valet parking (it's a big campus!). Annual summer picnic drew 30,000 employees and family members to the Cascade Mountains.
Ten years ago, when Fortune began compiling this list, the idea that your employer would deliver your groceries (a new perk at Microsoft) or allow you to do your laundry at work (Google) might have seemed crazy. (Of course, the idea that you'd be paying out-of-pocket for health care would have sounded just as nuts.)
Indeed, much has changed in the American workplace over the past decade. Back then 18 companies on Fortune's list offered telecommuting; today 82 do. Only 28 companies on the list offered domestic-partner benefits; now that number is 70.
Competition to get on the list has intensified too: This year 446 public and private companies vied for a slot, up from 161 in 1998. And 100,000 workers evaluated their employers, making this by far the largest simultaneous employee survey in corporate America.
Other tech employers on this year's list include: