Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

6. Expedia
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,300
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Dara Khosrowshahi)
> Employees: 18,210
> Industry: Travel
> Revenue: $5.8 billion

Online travel company Expedia employs more than 18,000 people in more than 30 countries. Expedia runs Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, and a number of other travel websites. The holding company purchased Travelocity in January and will likely acquire competitor Orbitz in a $1.6 billion deal widely expected to be approved by antitrust regulators. As might be expected of a vacation and online travel company, Expedia employees have access to travel benefits, which were among the most cited perks in positive reviews of the company.

7. Adobe Systems
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 90% (Shantanu Narayen)
> Employees: 12,499
> Industry: Application software
> Revenue: $4.1 billion

Many studies show that well-paid employees are often more satisfied, which may be the reason software company Adobe scores so well in worker happiness. Computer scientists, the most common position to rate the experience of working at the San Jose-based company, earn an average base annual salary of $120,000, roughly $10,000 higher than the average national salary for that position. In general, employees who expressed their approval of the company said they truly enjoyed the culture and work-life balance Adobe had to offer. Many also spoke in praise of the perks offered. One senior computer scientist said, “Phenomenal benefits — from the health plans, to flexible vacation policy, and set company breaks.”

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8. Apple
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 5,400
> CEO approval rating: 95% (Tim Cook)
> Employees: 97,000
> Industry: Electronic equipment
> Revenue: $182.8 billion

Apple is one of the largest companies in the world by revenue. The company reported $182.8 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2014, up substantially from the previous year. The iPhone maker employs roughly 97,000 people worldwide, including around 4,400 temporary and seasonal workers. In the United States, employee wages range from as low as $13 per hour for Mac specialists, to $122,000 a year for software engineers. This was about 35% higher than the national average salary for software engineers. On the whole, Apple employees are very satisfied with the work environment and treatment from upper management. Satisfied workers reported great benefits and opportunities for advancement, although a lack of work-life balance was a common complaint. The employee discount was also frequently listed as a positive feature of Apple employment.

9. Nike
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,300
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Mark G. Parker)
> Employees: 62,600
> Industry: Apparel footwear & accessories
> Revenue: $30.6 billion

The fact that the world’s largest sneaker manufacturer has some of the most satisfied employees may be surprising to some. At one point, the company had a reputation for using badly-treated sweatshop laborers in southeast Asia, but since Nike (NYSE: NKE) appears to have shed that reputation. Regardless, company reviews on Glassdoor.com were primarily by U.S. employees, who appear to like their jobs and the company’s leadership. All but 4% of Nike’s reviewers said they approved of CEO Mark Palmer. A large share of the respondents mentioned a highly exciting and enjoyable work environment. Also, many respondents were Nike customers themselves and enjoyed the free gear they received as one of the perks.

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10. Chick-fil-A
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,300
> CEO approval rating: 94% (Dan T. Cathy)
> Employees: > 1,000
> Industry: Fast food
> Revenue: $5.8 billion

Chick-fil-A is the only company in the restaurant industry to make the list of best places to work. On Glassdoor.com, employees praised the restaurant for its friendly workplace environment and flexible scheduling to accommodate other employee obligations. Another common sentiment among satisfied employees was one that the chain’s customers can likely relate too. To quote one employee review, “Free food was always the highlight of my day.” The relatively satisfied employees likely helped improve customer service at Chick-fil-A. This year, the company joined the ranks of 24/7 Wall St.’s Customer Service Hall of Fame.

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