Microsoft named best place to work in the world

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SEATTLE -- The best place to work is in King County. Or Norway. Or Canada.

All you have to do is look for the sign that says "Microsoft."

The job market is tough. At Shoreline Community College, ask what's the best place to work and they may ask who's hiring. Some have a job:

"Personally, I'm pretty happy working at Starbucks. It has great benefits for college-age people," said Daniel Webster.

Is pay important?

"It's very important, especially when you spend about $50,000 on an education," said Sarah Dardis

"Apple, Microsoft -- that's where it's at," said Bill Davis.

The correct answer is Microsoft. It's the best place to work in the world, according to the Great Place to Work Institute, and a plaque now proves it. The criteria? Not pay, but trust, pride and camaraderie.

Is it true? Ask a former reporter-turned Microsoftie.

"The media was fine, back in the olden days. And Microsoft is better than fine. The greatest place in the world, so I've been told," said Lou Gellos.

"You can work on policy. If you get tired of your job, you can try something different. I can go work in the U.K. if I want to for a couple of years. I can stay here," said Microsoft employee Jeff Running.

Most people know Microsoft for programs like Explorer and Office. The people who work at Microsoft probably don't know what an office is, but love to explore. And that's what Microsoft's people officer says earned the award.

"What makes Microsoft great? It's really the people we get here, not only individually but collectively. They work together. They learn how to do things. We have a real passion to change things here," said Microsoft's chief people officer Lisa Brummel.

Microsoft says the award will get a place of honor in the employment office. The company wants to tell all prospective employees that Microsoft is the place to be.