Microsoft Clearance Jobs?
Most people don’t associate the Redmond giant with the U.S. defense industry. If you think about it, it makes total sense. Microsoft employs some of the world’s leading computer scientists, and has hardware that even the government is envious of. Jobs like Senior Infrastructure Consultant and Windows High Performance Computing Developer require a TS/SCI security clearance and having a Polygraph is a plus. Sounds like NSA work to me, which I’m told is some of the most challenging IT work in the world.
Similar jobs from Google keep popping up too. Is this even remotely surprising?
It was my understanding that only the following personnel could obtain a “security clearance”: U.S Military, U.S Govt civilians, U.S Government contractors. Unless Microsoft is contracting with the U.S government (a good possiblity they are), their personnel do not hold “official security clearances”.Security clearances should not be mistaken for “background investigations” which are completed to a certain degree by most companies in both the private and public sectors.
Microsoft is indeed an authorized government contractor. They have multiple FSOs and a security office, so there are Microsoft employees that have DoD security clearance. Other companies that are also cleared that you might not think would be: Google, Kodak, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett Packard, and Cisco.