Fun with Lists!

November 29, 2010

Back when I was doing research for my interview with SoftLayer, one of the things I looked for was financial data. Since SoftLayer isn’t a public company, I couldn’t get financial statements. However, I did find some nice round numbers in a press releases that said they did about $110 million in annual revenue. I thought, hey that’s not bad… Then I kept reading and when I saw that there were 170 employees I became impressed. For those without a calculator handy, at these numbers SoftLayer does about $647,000 in revenue a year per employee.

Because people loves lists, I looked up a few other company’s revenue / employee. These are in no particular industry and have nothing specific in common other than that they were the first to come to my mind.

CompanyRevenue Per Employee
Exxon $3,235,638
Amazon $1,266,667
Google $1,180,832
Toyota $764,216
Microsoft $702,022
SoftLayer $647,059
Nike $563,663
Intel $523,133
AT&T $463,656
American Express $416,295
Dreamworks $335,052
Anheuser-Busch $315,172
New York Times $314,416
Oracle $283,048
IBM $238,541
Rackspace $232,512
Whole Foods $203,256
Walmart $198,410

Does anyone else think gas prices could be lower?

Note: The data for revenue and number of employees was either pulled for public press releases or by looking at the Company Profile (# employees) and Key Statistics (Revenue) on Yahoo! Finance.

-Bradley

Comments

November 30th, 2010 at 8:11am

So you're freely admitting to ripping off your customers in addition to hosting spam sites?

December 7th, 2010 at 12:22pm

That's an interesting question, Anonymous. Breaking down revenue per employee can either reflect the cost of services or the efficiency of the organization. SoftLayer's prices are very competitive when it comes to the features and functionality included with every server, so Bradley's post is more about our efficiency. We can keep our headcount low by automating as much of the process as possible to lighten the load on our workforce while giving our customers the most control.

"Spam sites" are forbidden by SoftLayer's terms of service, and if you are being spammed by any customers on our network, we want to hear about it. Send as much information as you can to our abuse team: abuse@softlayer.com, and we'll investigate immediately.

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November 30th, 2010 at 8:11am

So you're freely admitting to ripping off your customers in addition to hosting spam sites?

December 7th, 2010 at 12:22pm

That's an interesting question, Anonymous. Breaking down revenue per employee can either reflect the cost of services or the efficiency of the organization. SoftLayer's prices are very competitive when it comes to the features and functionality included with every server, so Bradley's post is more about our efficiency. We can keep our headcount low by automating as much of the process as possible to lighten the load on our workforce while giving our customers the most control.

"Spam sites" are forbidden by SoftLayer's terms of service, and if you are being spammed by any customers on our network, we want to hear about it. Send as much information as you can to our abuse team: abuse@softlayer.com, and we'll investigate immediately.

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