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10. International Business Machines

Employees: 426,750
Revenue per employee: $234,000
Profit per employee: $34,750

International Business Machines (IBM) is the world’s third biggest technology company by market capitalization, behind Apple and Microsoft. It is also one of only two tech giants to make the list of the 10 biggest employers.

Founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Co., the firm adopted the name International Business Machines in 1924. Its operations span computer hardware, software, infrastructure, and consulting services. IBM marked a major milestone this year, celebrating 100 years since its founding. It now has employees in more than 200 countries.

In 2009, IBM announced it was shedding as many as 10,000 U.S. jobs. The company has been accused of offshoring U.S. jobs to Asia and South America. In 2003, IBM employed just 9,000 people in India, but by 2010 that number had jumped to 75,000. In comparison, its U.S. workforce shrunk from 135,000 to 105,000 in the same period.

From 2005 to 2010, the conglomerate added more than 97,000 jobs globally. The company's revenue per employee has declined by more than $42,000 compared to 2005, but its profit per employee has gone up by over $10,000 in that period.

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