Market cap and 2011 2nd Quarter Revenue per employee, for selected technology firms

In terms of market cap and revenue per employee, Apple and Google are in another class.


These results are not correlated with R&D spending. At 2.2 percent, Apple reports the second lowest percent of revenues invested in R&D for the group (only Dell is lower at 1.3 percent), but has the highest revenue and market cap per employee. Google, which ranks second on both metrics, invested 13.7 percent of revenues in R&D. Red Hat, the Linux company, has the highest rate of reinvesting in R&D, of 18.2 percent, and a market cap per employee of $1.97 million — which puts Red Hat 4th out of the ten companies in the comparison.

Firm Employment 2011 2nd quarter revenue /employee 7 August 2011 Market Cap /employee R&D as percent of revenue (2nd Quarter 2011)
Microsoft 90,000 $ 192,967 $   2,390,556 13.8%
Intel 96,500 $ 135,047 $   1,142,280 15.2%
Google 28,768 $ 313,751 $   6,498,888 13.7%
Apple 46,600 $ 613,112 $   7,433,047 2.2%
HP 324,600 $ 97,107 $   208,503 2.6%
Dell 100,300 $ 149,721 $   283,151 1.3%
Oracle 108,429 $ 99,374 $   1,324,461 10.9%
IBM 426,751 $ 62,486 $   484,100 5.9%
Cisco 70,700 $ 153,692 $   1,162,235 13.2%
Red Hat 3,700 $ 71,554 $   1,970,270 18.2%

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