So Microsoft South Africa has been adjudged the best company to work for in the IT sector in this country for the fifth year in a row.
It’s a tremendous accolade, but hardly surprising.
Given the fact that the local company represents a global brand and a product range that sells itself and is virtually a non-negotiable, compulsory purchase for any technology user, I can’t image any salesman who would not want to work for the organisation.
The marketing types must also fall over themselves to work for the local Microsoft office. The budget can hardly be shabby when it comes to spend, particularly in the "meeting-people-and-travel" category when sales people, distributors and resellers consistently make their annual targets and get to go on incentive trips and other conferences to far-flung exotic locations.
"Propeller heads" working for Microsoft must also relish the challenges they face on a daily basis in trying to keep up with "fixes", "patches" and "service packs", particularly in the aftermath of the launch of any upgrade or new product.
Even administrative staff, those unsung heroes who sit in relative obscurity in the "back office" must find their jobs a breeze. I would guess that other than having to manage the routine of a fairly limited number of local creditors and debtors in Microsoft’s channel-centric business model, and occasionally juggling with what forward cover to take on the rand / dollar exchange rate, they are hardly going to work up a sweat. Certainly with the advent of "paper licensing" and the direct shipping of "boxes" into the channel, they are hardly going to be troubled by too many logistical issues such as having to count and balance stock every month.
Perhaps not on the same scale as Microsoft’s corporate types who seem to be preoccupied with litigation of almost every description, but even in South Africa the company appears to offer a satisfying and rewarding career for "legal beagles". Besides all the contract work that must obviously be needed to keep the channel on the straight and narrow, there’s the fun of hunting down and prosecuting the "pirates".
There’s little doubt that success breeds success and that when you own a product that is constantly in high demand and backed by profitability that has helped create the richest man in the world, the ability to attract and retain people as an "employer of choice" should come fairly easily.
– David Bryant