The corporate world is a battlefield these days, with businesses of all sizes fighting to attract the top tech workers in the world. Offering everything from gym memberships to free iPads, corporate recruiters are clamoring to build a tech team that can out-innovate the competition.
Nowhere is that more apparent than Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), a company that has dedicated countless hours and resources lobbying for temporary Visas. The company claimed it had 6,000 job openings in its corporation last year. All while the company was working hard to roll out its Surface Tablet, which competes with the many top tablets in the market.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported its first loss last year, attributed in part to its takeover of aQuantive, which became Microsoft Advertising. The company knows it has to keep up with technology giants like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to continue to thrive, but in order to do that, they need to hire the best tech minds in the world including specialists in virtualization and mobile development. But with few people in each specialty, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is hoping to find the workers it needs outside of the U.S.
One of the obstacles to Microsoft’s recruiting is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), consistently named one of the best places to work. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is known for its outstanding perks, including free use of rental cars for running errands, free meals, and free shuttles to and from work. But some of the company’s best perks are a little more low-key. To attract and retain female workers, the company offers five months of fully-paid maternity leave, and if an employee dies during employment with the company, that worker’s spouse gets half of his or her salary.
The hard work is paying off. Google boasted Q4 earnings of $14.42 billion. The company has expanded far beyond its initial search engine setup, venturing into mobile devices, social media, and even an operating system. Among the many perks, it’s no surprise that the top perk mentioned by many employees is the ability to work with some of the best minds of our time. Collectively, these minds are continuing to help the company move forward, dominating global markets and consistently out-earning competitors.
Another company known for its perks is Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), which provides on-site bonuses like basketball and volleyball courts. However, the company drew heavy attention recently when its new CEO announced employees would no longer be allowed to work from home. It was a bold move for the company that just announced a $4.99 billion increase in revenue for 2012 — a move that led some experts to wonder if the company might see a mass exodus in the coming months.