Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

21. Qualcomm
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 94% (Steve Mollenkopf)
> Employees: 31,000
> Revenue: $24.9 billion

According to the company: “Qualcomm Incorporated is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies… linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.”

Qualcomm’s U.S. employees seem satisfied with the company’s performance. Based on employee reviews, Qualcomm provides a competitive compensation and generous benefits. More than nine in 10 reviewers approved of CEO Steve Mollenkopf, and 85% of employees would recommend Qualcomm to a friend. Qualcomm recently announced it would invest roughly $150 million in Chinese startups. The company has made considerable advances into the Chinese market, having invested heavily in China over the last 10 years.

22. Costco Wholesale
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 92% (Craig Jelinek)
> Employees: 143,500
> Revenue: $105.2 billion

According to the Company: “We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise.”

Costco is among the best retailers to work for in the nation. This is hardly a surprise as Costco is well known for good benefits and fair wages, especially when compared to other retailers. On its website, Costco notes, “We believe great customer service starts with great employees, who enjoy what they do. That’s why we hire the best people and pay them the best wages in the industry.”

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23. Adobe
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 71% (Shantanu Narayen)
> Employees: 11,847
> Revenue: $4.1 billion

According the company: “Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions…. We help our customers make, manage, measure, and monetize their content across every channel and screen.”

In reviews on Glassdoor.com, employees cite positive and gratifying work experiences as reasons for awarding Adobe generally favorable ratings. The company prides itself in innovative products that reach millions of users. Employees, in turn, Adobe’s products as one of its core strengths as an employer.

24. Nike
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 92% (Mark G. Parker)
> Employees: 56,500
> Revenue: $27.8 billion

According to the company: “NIKE Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.”

Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman founded Nike in 1964 on the premise that they could improve the quality of running shoes. Nike’s continued focus on performance and self-improvement extends to its employees as well. Nike provides workers at its major offices across the globe with a wide range of amenities. Together, these benefits make employees feel as though they are making valuable contributions to the company, according to reviews.

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25. Citrix Systems
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 92% (Mark B. Templeton)
> Employees: 9,166
> Revenue: $2.9 billion

According to the company: “Citrix is a leader in mobile workspaces, providing virtualization, mobility management, networking and cloud services to enable new ways to work better.”

Citrix notes on its website that “we measure the value of technology by how it benefits people.” Employees also note the company’s personal approach. In their positive reviews about Citrix, workers specifically cite the company’s benefits and its overall environment and culture. They also praised Citrix for allowing a flexible “work-from-home” option, when applicable.