The Ten Best Places to Work

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There are several research firms and employee review websites that publish lists of the best places for people to work. The latest of these is from Glassdoor, the jobs and career online community.

Glassdoor calls the results of its survey the “Employees’ Choice Awards.” Its primary list is the “50 Best Places to Work.” In order to compete for a place on this list, a company must employ more than 1,000 people.

According to Glassdoor, the list is based on “more than half a million company reviews submitted by employees during the past 12 months, putting employers in the running for the awards. The lists were compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm and the overall ranking determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.” The survey ranks U.S. companies. The highest possible rating is a 5. Each company on the list has its total rating next to the corporation’s name.

One notable observation about the list: the high percentage of tech and Internet companies that have recently had IPOs.

1. Bain & Company (4.6). One of the world’s largest management consulting companies, and a major competitor to industry leader McKinsey. Bain is a top destination for elite business school graduates.

2. Twitter Inc. (NASDAQ: TWTR) (4.6). Recent IPO share price reached all-time high. Company still loses money, but has more than 220 million monthly active users.

3. LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) (4.6). The most financially successful of the new generation of social media companies. LinkedIn had $393 million in revenue in the third quarter.

4. Eastman Chemical (4.5). The manufacturer of chemicals, plastics and fibers has nearly 14,000 employees. Eastman describes itself as a “global company of people who make a difference in everyday life.”

5. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) (4.5). Recently announced that it has 1.19 billion monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg’s company posted revenue of more than $2 billion in the most recent quarter.

6. GuideWire (4.5). The company, which provides software products for property/casualty insurers, is publicly traded. It had revenue of $66.5 million in its most recently reported quarter, and GuideWire lost $10.6 million for the period.

7. Interactive Intelligence (4.3). The company makes software for contact center automation. It has more than 20 offices and 1,400 employees worldwide.

8. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) (4.3). The world’s largest search company is also one of the world’s most valuable brands. And it is one of the fastest growing global tech firms in the world.

9. Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: OWW) (4.3). The online travel company owns several brands, including Orbitz, CheapTickets and eBookers.com. Total revenue in the most recent quarter was $221 million. Orbitz made $13 million.

10. Nestle PURINA (4.3) The pet food and pet care company was bought by Nestle in 2001. Most of its products are made for cats and dogs.

Other well-known companies in the top 50 include Costco Wholesale, Southwest Airlines, Nike, Intel, Procter & Gamble, FedEx, Starbucks, eBay, Salesforce.com and Walt Disney.

Glassdoor publishes a second list, the “50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For.” To make this list, a company must employ between 250 and 999 people. Glassdoor has just issued its 2014 version of both lists.

The top five on the 50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For are: 1. Motley Fool (4.8), 2. SmartBear Software (4.7), 3. TravelZoo (4.7), 4. Cornerstone OnDemand (4.6) and 5. Paycom (4.6).

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