Microsoft: Employee Salaries Leak And Reach Up To $500,000

Microsoft: Spreadsheets with salary data for about 1,200 Microsoft employees leaked onto the internet this week. The information was segregated by gender, race, ethnicity and even location of employees, alongside reports of complaints about pay inequality in the company.

Dozens of women shared their stories about the pay gap of Microsoft. According to Business Insider, which had access to the spreadsheets, some reports even included complaints about employee behavior.

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In one of the documents, an employee says that absenteeism from meetings, having men speak for her on projects, or deliberately disregarding her ideas are common and “subtle” behaviors in the company’s routine.


About 600 employees on the spreadsheet identified themselves as software engineers in various units of Microsoft, including Azure, Office and Windows. Among them, the average salary is US$185 thousand (about R$1 million, in current conversion).

Basic level engineers earn $132 thousand while senior level professionals earn $217 thousand. The highest paid employees on the spreadsheet make an impressive $500,000.

Currently, Microsoft, the most valuable company in the world, has more than 190,000 employees. Therefore, it is noteworthy that the spreadsheet data – with salaries of just over 1,200 employees – is only a small sample and not a 100% representative picture.

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