For its sustained support of Reservist and National Guard members, Microsoft earns award from Department of Defense

In recognition of its sustained support of National Guard and Reserve military members, Microsoft has received the 2016 Extraordinary Employer Support Award from the U.S. Department of Defense.

“At Microsoft, we go to great lengths to recognize the contributions of the citizen soldiers in our midst,” says Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Rather than merely complying with the regulations, we go above and beyond as we strive to create a culture of inclusion that allows us to employ the very best talent the world has to offer.”

When employees are away on duty, Microsoft supplements their military pay to match what they make at the company to ensure they are not losing income. And their benefits continue accruing at the same rate, just if they had never left.

“When I go away for a few weeks at a time, it’s never an issue with my boss or my team. The team adapts while I’m gone, and I dive straight back in when I return,” says Brent Huntington, a construction manager in Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure and Operations organization and a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. “I have a commitment to my country to honor, and Microsoft 100 percent gets that.”

Read more about that commitment on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff