4. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2
> CEO rating: 96% (Larry Page)
> Employees: 47,756
> Revenue: $59.8 billion
According to the company: “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Perhaps no company is as well known as Google is for its office perks. According to Google, the company’s Mountain View, California campus contains fleets of bikes and scooters, seven fitness centers and 25 cafeterias. Google maintains plush and well-equipped offices in other cities as well, including New York, Dublin, and London. In addition to a great workspace, the company also offers travel insurance, education reimbursement, and other perks, in addition to more-conventional health and retirement benefits. CEO Larry Page, who founded the company with Sergey Brin when they were graduate students at Stanford, has a 96% approval rating from employees.
3. Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3
> CEO rating: 94% (Jerry M. Kennelly)
> Employees: 2,556
> Revenue: $1.0 billion
According to the company: “We enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business, and maximize employee productivity.”
In many reviews on Glassdoor.com, current and former employees at Riverbed say they enjoy the work-life balance the company promotes, while also noting that Riverbed’s products are top notch. In a recent article, SFGate explained how work-life balance takes priority at Riverbed, and how the company even forgoes some of the more-lavish perks many tech companies offer to allow employees to enjoy their lives outside work. While employees largely endorsed CEO Jerry Kennelly, who had a 94% approval rating, investors have been less appreciative. Concerns about the company’s shareholder rights plan and executive compensation packages have dogged Riverbed recently. Also concerning is the long-running campaign from Elliott Management. The activist fund, which has a standing offer to buy the company, has long pushed Riverbed to pursue a sale.
2. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.5
> CEO rating: 96% (Mark Zuckerberg)
> Employees: 6,337
> Revenue: $7.9 billion
According to the company: “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.”
Facebook not only runs a massive social network, but it is also a fast-growing, highly profitable company. The company’s scope is wide. Facebook had roughly 829 million daily users as of June, and it is successful at reaching users on their mobile phones, with 654 daily mobile users. Facebook is also one of many tech companies locked into an “arms race” to provide employees with more — and better — perks. Indeed, employees frequently cite great benefits and perks as being among the best advantages of working at Facebook. Other positives of working at the company employees often cited on reviewes at Glassdoor.com include a relatively flat hierarchy and exciting work.
1. LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.5
> CEO rating: 97% (Jeff Weiner)
> Employees: 5,045
> Revenue: $1.5 billion
According to the company: “Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. With over 300 million members worldwide…LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet.”
Based on Glassdoor.com reviews, LinkedIn is the nation’s best company to work for, in tech or any other sector. One important consideration likely helping the company achieve this position is pay. According to Glassdoor.com, the average reported annual salary for a software engineer was $127,615, with 248 workers reporting their pay. Additionally, the 149 senior software engineers reporting were paid an average of $145,096 a year. Like other Silicon Valley companies, LinkedIn offers unique perks, including “Bring in Your Parents Day” and Spacelift — a competition in which employees get to redecorate their workspaces. Employees also praise the company’s leadership, with 97% of reviewers approving of CEO Jeff Weiner, more than at all but a few companies.