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A group of pre-selected EDHEC Global MBA students recently flew to Microsoft France?s impressive headquarters in Paris for a career trek. Microsoft France is consistently elected among the country?s Best Places to Work and as they are seeking to bring in more diversity of new recruits, the different experience and backgrounds of EDHEC Global MBA participants convinced them to organize the visit.

A group of pre-selected EDHEC Global MBA students flew from Nice to Paris for a career trek to Microsoft France’s impressive headquarters campus. The campus hosts 1800 employees and was buzzing with events, client meetings, demo rooms and team work sessions. Microsoft France is consistently elected among the country’s Best Places to Work, and it is now easy to understand why! Employees enjoy flexible work time, work-from-home and total, secure interconnectivity thanks to the latest Microsoft devices and services. Break rooms, restaurants, demo areas, open and closed spaces allow teams to work, meet or communicate anywhere on the campus, at a client location or from home. Add to that a solid sustainability program, extensive training and development, above-average salaries, an in-house gym and free Microsoft devices, and you easily understand Microsoft France’s high employee retention rate.


The trek was organized by Hélène Barbarossa, Campus Manager France, who explained in detail the massive transformation going on at Microsoft around the world, and how this is being rolled out in France. Human Resources has an important part to play in the change process, and the first step is bringing in more diversity in the profiles that Microsoft hires. The different experience and backgrounds of EDHEC Global MBA participants convinced her to organize the trek. The Trek is a new way of engaging with MBA talent – it included a presentation of the highly competitive Microsoft MBA programme, a site visit, a chat with EDHEC Alumni Vincent Bouvier (Finance) and Aymeric Dupas (Sales), followed by networking with HR specialists from different Microsoft divisions. In sum, a more personalized way to reach out to experienced MBA profiles, which was highly appreciated by the students.


The next challenge for our MBAs are interviews for full-time employment in the Microsoft MBA Programme, designed to accompany each individual on their chosen career path through an intensive orientation in the US, leadership training, mentoring, executive exposure, and networking. Loic Berard pointed out at the end of the session, “While many companies speak about their values, this trek allowed us to see them in action and envision what working at Microsoft would really be like.”