Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

26. Chick-fil-A
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 83% (Dan T. Cathy)
> Employees: Over 1,000
> Revenue: $4.6 billion (incl. franchises)

According to the company: “Known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious, freshly prepared food in more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C.”

Employees of Chick-fil-A and its franchisees have very positive things to say about the chain. Comments on Glassdoor.com focused on the chain’s scheduling flexibility and on how great the company was for teenagers looking for part-time work. Free food was also a frequently cited perk. However, with franchisees able to determine their own policies and procedures, the employee experience is unlikely to be identical at all Chick-fil-A restaurants.

27. H-E-B
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 95% (Charles C. Butt)
> Employees: 76,000
> Revenue: $20.0 billion

According to the company: “Our commitment to excellence has made us one of the nation’s largest independently owned food retailers. Yet our success hasn’t changed our commitment to exceptional service, low prices, and friendly shopping..”

H-E-B describes a career with the company as, “a chance to experience many good things and connect with many good people. Together, we create a place to work where the spirit of community comes to life every day.” While it is difficult to say whether workers experiences are consistent across all stores, current employees are exceptionally positive about their work experience. H-E-B’s management is reviewed very favorably, with 95% of employees approving of CEO Charles Butt.

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28. CareerBuilder
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 93% (Matt Ferguson)
> Employees: 2,600
> Revenue: N/A

According to the company: “Through constant innovation, unparalleled technology, and customer care delivered at every touch point, CareerBuilder helps match the right talent with the right opportunity more often than any other site.”

CareerBuilder’s strong rating on Glassdoor.com is the result of several company features that set it apart. Foremost among these are benefits and culture — elements of the job frequently praised by past and present employees. The company, too, points out what CareerBuilder believes makes its culture special, stating on its website that “ours is a culture of learning, where candor goes hand in hand with encouragement.” And, “We empower employees to make decisions and own their accomplishments.”

29. Gartner
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 87% (Gene Hall)
> Employees: 5,997
> Revenue: $1.8 billion

According to the company: “Gartner, Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. We deliver the technology-related insight necessary for our clients to make the right decisions, every day.”

Gartner employees repeatedly cite the potential for career and personal development as one of the best features of working at the company. Additionally, the company pays highly competitive salaries and strongly supports a work-life balance that keeps its employees happy. With its combination of name recognition and comprehensive benefits, it is easy to see why Gartner is one of the best companies to work for.

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30. Fluor
> Glassdoor rating: 3.8
> CEO rating: 89% (David T. Seaton)
> Employees: 38,129
> Revenue: $27.4 billion

According to the company: “Fluor Corporation is a global engineering and construction firm that designs and builds some of the world’s most complex projects.”

A number of current and past workers at Fluor emphasize how much they enjoy working on big projects across the globe. Fluor works on large-scale construction and engineering projects and is often involved in every stage of a project’s life cycle, from design and engineering to construction and maintenance. Projects the company has been involved in range from the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia to Dow Chemical’s propylene plant in Freeport, Texas.

31. Starbucks
> Glassdoor rating: 3.7
> CEO rating: 88% (Howard D. Schultz)
> Employees: 182,000
> Revenue: $14.9 billion

According to the company: “Our stores are a neighborhood gathering place for meeting friends and family. Our customers enjoy quality service, an inviting atmosphere and an exceptional beverage.”

Starbucks currently serves millions of customers daily at more than 20,000 coffee shops in 65 countries. The company claims its products are served by “the finest people,” referred to as “partners.” Eligible employees have access to health care, as well as equity in the company through Starbucks’ Bean Stock program. These perks seem to contribute to an overall satisfactory working experience. Upper management is also well regarded. Roughly 88% of reviewers approve of CEO Howard Schultz.

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32. Goldman Sachs
> Glassdoor rating: 3.7
> CEO rating: 92% (Lloyd C. Blankfein)
> Employees: 32,900
> Revenue: $34.2 billion

According to the company: “The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base.”

Goldman Sachs claims to have built a culture “that values teamwork, collaboration and dialogue and a workplace where people know they will learn, that they’re valued, and that they will make an impact.” This company ethos seems to be largely reflected in employee reviews. A number of reviewers were grateful for the challenging projects and exposure to intelligent coworkers, describing their workloads as difficult, but ultimately rewarding. CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein is also well-regarded, with a 92% approval rate.

33. Intuit
> Glassdoor rating: 3.7
> CEO rating: 91% (Brad Smith)
> Employees: 8,000
> Revenue: $4.2 billion

According to the company: “Intuit Inc. creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.”

Company pitches like “your dreams are our passion” and “you’re bursting with new, innovative ideas” may contribute to employees feeling welcome and valued at Intuit. The company constantly strives to foster an “award-winning culture,” according to its profile on Glassdoor.com. And it offers a benefits package with top-notch coverage for employees and their families that workers routinely praise. Employees respond positively to these amenities, as evidenced by the company’s high rating and CEO Brad Smith’s 90% approval rate.

34. Publix
> Glassdoor rating: 3.7
> CEO rating: 85% (Ed Crenshaw)
> Employees: 158,000
> Revenue: $27.5 billion

According to the company: “Publix is the largest employee-owned retail grocery chain in the United States.”

According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, Publix is the nation’s largest employee-owned company by headcount, with 160,000 employees. The philosophy is simple: if workers own a portion of the company, they will be more invested in its success. Employees give the company high ratings, likely because of the great compensation and benefits package.

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35. NetApp
> Glassdoor rating: 3.7
> CEO rating: 84% (Tom Georgens)
> Employees: 12,490
> Revenue: $6.3 billion

According to the company: “NetApp is a leading vendor of innovative storage and data management solutions that help organizations around the world store, manage, protect, and retain their data.”

Like many other top companies, NetApp employees praise the firm’s work culture, as well as its commitment to work-life balance. NetApp generated more than $6.3 billion in revenue last year, and the company is currently valued at over $12.6 billion. However, NetApp has recently had to adapt to broad changes in the enterprise data storage industry, such as the move towards cloud storage.

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