The results are in: Glassdoor recently announced its ninth annual list of best places to work. The ranking, which is entirely based on employee feedback, includes companies with 1,000-plus employees across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Germany.
Management consultancy Bain & Company takes the cake, moving up from second place last year. It’s not the first time the firm has occupied the top spot. In fact, it has shifted between first, second, third and fourth places for the past nine years.
On top of providing its employees with basic benefits packages, the company also offers tuition assistance, diversity and job training programs, sabbaticals, paid time off to volunteer and options for working from home. Excellent salaries (even for interns!), a warm and inviting work culture and a CEO ranked best in the world (Bob Bechek) also make Bain & Company the most desirable place to work.
Airbnb, which debuted as number one on the 2016 list, fell to number 35 this year. While a mire of government regulations and lawsuits may have drawn negative attention to the company this year, employees primarily complained about an “increasing amount of bureaucracy and decreasing amount of transparency from senior leaders in the company,” Glassdoor Community Expert Scott Dobroski told TechCrunch.
The list also includes 14 newcomers, including Clorox, Lululemon and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Employees of Clorox, which took 12th place, highlighted stellar work-life balance, flexible daily schedules and remote work options. It’s no surprise that an employee at SpaceX (ranked 40th) called the company “exciting” and “fast paced.”
Bain & Company, Google (#4) and Apple (#36) are the only three companies that have made the list for all nine years. Beyond gourmet lunches and massage rooms, employees of these well-rated companies attribute a community of smart colleagues, a strong mission, growth opportunities and great benefits to the excellence of their employers.
Here are the top 10 companies on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017 list -- and what their employees have to say.
What an employee said: “You get the opportunity to solve the toughest problems that executive teams and private equity firms face. The work is fast-paced but also incredibly rewarding. I can guarantee you will learn more at a year at Bain than almost every other job out there.”
What an employee said: “I've been blown away by how incredible this company is. From its openness to its diversity, Facebook has truly surpassed all tech companies in terms of culture, perks and employee lifestyle.”
What an employee said: “Great career progression, opportunity to learn, collaborative culture, very smart teams, great benefits.”
What an employee said: “Google epitomizes why I love technology and the tech industry. Useful products, smart people, data-driven decisions and culture, a mission I can feel good about when I go to sleep every night. This is as good as it gets.”
What an employee said: “The company thrives on making their employees happy knowing it will make their customers happy. Being a part of a company where you refer to co-workers as a team is a great representation of how much trust is within the employees.”
What an employee said: “The amount of knowledge and growth to be gained is astronomical. … The family atmosphere makes working together as a team satisfying and successful, as well as the out of office adventures and team building. … I’m proud to be a FASTie.”
What an employee said: “Company that actually cares about employees. Very professional and constructive atmosphere. Always busy so have something to do constantly.”
What an employee said: “They truly invest in the professional development of employees. Very proactive at making sure that you're in a role you want to be in. Their benefits are fantastic: healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options; gym/massage reimbursements; on-site gyms; snacks everywhere.”
What an employee said: “Great company culture, benefits and overall atmosphere to work. People are very open, knowledgeable and potential for advancement is very much available.”
What an employee said: “The career growth opportunity is outstanding. Everyone in the office genuinely cares about each other and wants to see you be successful. Communication with upper management is incredibly easy also.”
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