Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

11. Salesforce
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 94% (Marc Benioff)
> Employees: 16,000
> Industry: Application software
> Revenue: $5.4 billion

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) is a cloud-based service that facilitates relationships between businesses and their customers or potential customers. The company went public over 10 years ago at an IPO price of $11 and today trades at around $70 a share, moving from a niche product in its early years to becoming the industry standard today. The company may owe much of its success to a satisfied workforce. With a rating of 3.9 on Glassdoor.com, Salesforce is one of the best companies to work for in 2015. An average member of the Salesforce technical staff makes $120,200 annually, about 13% more than the national average of $106,322 for similar positions at other companies. While higher pay helps employee morale, satisfied survey respondents also frequently cite interesting, talented co-workers, and working for a product they genuinely believe in.

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12. Costco Wholesale
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,000
> CEO approval rating: 94% (Craig Jelinek)
> Employees: 195,000
> Industry: Discount, variety stores
> Revenue: $112.6 billion

Costco (NASDAQ: COST) beat both its main competitors in employee satisfaction score by a wide margin — while Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale scored very low on Glassdoor.com, Costco fell just outside of the top 10. An impressive 82% of employees approve of CEO Craig Jelinek’s leadership, while only 52% and 60% approved of Sam’s Club and BJ’s CEOs, respectively. Employees are very well compensated at Costco, which may explain why so many are happy with their jobs. Cashiers reported earning an average base of $16 an hour, well above what most people in the position at other companies make. A cashier at BJ’s Wholesale, for example, makes about $10 every hour.

13. Johnson & Johnson
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,800
> CEO approval rating: 95% (Alex Gorsky)
> Employees: 126,500
> Industry: Drug manufacturers
> Revenue: $74.3 billion

Pharmaceutical and consumer goods company Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) long ago established itself as a common brand in homes and hospitals across the country. Manufacturing everything from over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol and Benadryl to personal hygiene products such as Listerine and baby powder, the company also sells hospital equipment through its medical devices segment. Johnson & Johnson does much to ensure employee satisfaction as well as customer satisfaction. Employee reviews on Glassdoor.com often praise the company’s family-oriented culture, high pay, and generous paid time off and 401k benefits.

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14. Intel Corporation
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 5,100
> CEO approval rating: 84% (Brian M. Krzanich)
> Employees: 106,700
> Industry: Semiconductor – broad line
> Revenue: $55.9 billion

While long hours and a challenging work-life balance are common complaints among reviews, Intel employees appear to be adequately compensated. Intel’s software engineers earn about $106,000 annually, about 17% more than the industry average. Along with higher salaries, Intel employees are especially happy with company benefits, including stock options and flexible scheduling. One employee underscored the prevailing sentiments, writing that Intel gave them access to “cutting edge technology, with the best resources to do great things.”

15. Edelman
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,100
> CEO approval rating: 92% (Richard W. Edelman)
> Employees: 5,500
> Industry: Public relations
> Revenue: $768 million

Public relations firm Edelman was founded in 1952 by Dan Edelman. More than six decades later, the company is now run by his son, Richard, and is the largest public relations firm in the world. Edelman’s employees appear to love the current CEO, with 92% approving of Edelman’s leadership. Workers surveyed on Glassdoor.com report very positive work-life balance at the company and appreciated being surrounded by productive, intelligent workers.

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