Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

1. Facebook
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,100
> CEO approval rating: 94% (Mark Zuckerberg)
> Employees: 10,082
> Industry: Internet information providers
> Revenue: $12.5 billion

Based on employee feedback on Glassdoor.com, Facebook is tied as the best company to work for in 2015. The company received an average review of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Also, nine out of 10 employees said they would recommend working at the company to a friend. Employees who think highly of the company cited good pay and benefits and a fast-paced work environment. Facebook also offers generous perks, such as laundry service, free gourmet meals, and gym access. Facebook employees also approved of management policies. One review echoed a common sentiment, advising management to “keep doing what you are doing, putting people first…and treating your employees with great care and kindness.”

Employee satisfaction is important to a company’s success and Facebook’s performance in the stock market has reflected as much. Since its IPO price in May 2012 of $38 a share, the tech giant‘s shares have more than doubled and now trade around $94.

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2. Linkedin
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,100
> CEO approval rating: 99% (Jeff Weiner)
> Employees: 6,900
> Industry: Internet information providers
> Revenue: $2.2 billion

Launched in 2003, LinkedIn describes itself as the “world’s largest professional network.” Based on employee reviews on Glassdoor.com, it is also one of the best places to work. More than 90% of reviewers said they would recommend a job with the company to a friend, and nearly 100% approve of CEO Jeff Weiner. Competitive salaries, smart co-workers, and great benefits were frequently mentioned in positive reviews. The base annual salary of $133,000 for a software engineer at LinkedIn is 47% higher than the national average salary of $90,374 for software engineers. One common complaint among dissatisfied workers, however, was lack of a work-life balance — evidence that even the best companies are not perfect.

3. Insight Global
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,600
> CEO approval rating: 95% (Glenn Johnson)
> Employees: 11,561
> Industry: Staffing
> Revenue: $918.4 million

Like many of the best companies to work for, Insight Global operates in the information technology industry. The company recently relocated its offices to Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. While the company continues to profit from strong tech sector growth, it does not manufacture computer components and therefore employs relatively few traditionally highly-paid software engineers. In fact, some employees at Insight Global reported relatively low pay. For example, the average annual salary of a recruiter at the company is $35,245, about 31% lower than the national average recruiter salary. Nonetheless, Insight Global workers are among the most satisfied. The company was frequently praised for its professional work environment. Current and former employees also cited available and fair advancement opportunities.

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4. Google
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 3,800
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Larry Page)
> Employees: 53,600
> Industry: Internet information providers
> Revenue: $66.0 billion

Google is famous for its employee perks. The company not only offers health and retirement benefits, but also travel insurance, legal aid, and education reimbursement, to name a few. However, employees noted some concerns, including how hard it was to get promoted and how large the company felt at times. Google is also one of a number of technology companies criticized for the lack of diversity in its hiring.

Still, Google employees are on the whole well compensated and very satisfied. The average annual salary of a software engineer at Google is $127,664, well above the national average of $90,374 for the same job and one of the highest compared to other companies.

5. McKinsey & Company
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,300
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Dominic Barton)
> Employees: 17,000
> Industry: Business services & supplies
> Revenue: $8.0 billion

McKinsey & Company describes itself as “a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits.” The vast majority of reviewers working for the consulting firm are happy to be there. A typical management consultant associate with McKinsey makes about $162,800 annually, slightly more than the national average of $156,800 for similar positions at other companies. While higher salaries help improve employee satisfaction, many reviewers praised McKinsey for being an excellent place to learn and develop skills through challenging work that will serve them for their entire career.

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