Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

11. Keller Williams
> Glassdoor rating: 4.1
> CEO rating: 92% (Mark Willis)
> Employees: 95,000 (associates)
> Revenue: $4.2 billion (commissions earned)

According to the company: “Created as a grand experiment, Keller Williams operates on the premise that if the company focuses all its resources on building its agents’ businesses, the agents in turn will build the company beyond all expectations.”

Keller Williams is the only real estate company among the best-rated places to work. According to the company, its primary focus is to help agents build out their businesses. Employees, too, largely value the company for the resources it offers them, including excellent training, as well as for how it rewards them, through profit sharing. Of course, working as a real estate agent is not a suitable career for everyone, and many employees complain about how hard it to get started in the industry.

12. Edelman
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0
> CEO rating: 96% (Richard W. Edelman)
> Employees: Over 5,000
> Revenue: $741 million

According to the company: “Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm, with more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities, as well as affiliates in more than 35 cities.”

In addition to being the world’s largest public relations company, according to its website, Edelman is also the best PR firm to work for, according to its ratings on Glassdoor.com. Employees regularly describe the firm as fun and many also praise their coworkers. One of the most frequent comments from reviewers is that they learned a great deal in their time at Edelman. CEO Richard Edelman, who is also the founder’s son, received a 96% approval rating from current and former employees.

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13. Orbitz
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0
> CEO rating: 88% (Barney Harford)
> Employees: 1,300
> Revenue: $847 million

According to the company: “Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to search for, plan and book a broad range of travel products and services.”

While rival Priceline.com often commands significant attention for its high-flying stock price and profitability, much-smaller Orbitz is a higher-rated employer, according to reviews on Glassdoor.com. The company received a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0, on average, from past and present employees.The company emphasizes work-life balance, as well as having fun at work by sponsoring clubs, games, and parties that promote employee engagement.

14. Apple
> Glassdoor rating: 3.9
> CEO rating: 92% (Tim Cook)
> Employees: 80,300
> Revenue: $170.9 billion

According to the company: “Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world,… leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store…. has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.”

Apple is among the largest companies in the world by revenue and the largest by market capitalization, at nearly $569 billion. While the company is known for its secrecy surrounding product development, employees at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters hardly feel felt constricted. Workers cite a range of factors as positives of working at Apple. Store employees note strong benefits, although a few added that Apple jobs were often not all that different from those at other retailers. Among these reviews, one employee said it was “still retail at the end of the day,” and another added, “retail is retail no matter how you look at it.”

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15. Procter & Gamble
> Glassdoor rating: 3.9
> CEO rating: 92% (A.G. Lafley)
> Employees: 121,000
> Revenue: $84.2 billion

According to the company, “As the world’s largest multinational consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble Co. is the 4th largest corporation in the world by market capitalization.”

P&G is one of the world’s most well-known companies, and its employees are among its many admirers. Last year, P&G made Glassdoor.com’s Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities list, as well as Universum’s 10th Most Attractive Employers list. Employee reviews seem to support these accolades. Numerous reviewers cite excellent opportunities for advancements and a positive experiences overall.