Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

21. T-Mobile
> Glassdoor rating:
3.8
> Number of reviews: 3,200
> CEO approval rating: 95% (John Legere)
> Employees: 45,000
> Industry: Wireless communications
> Revenue: $29.6 billion

T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) is one of the four big cellular service providers in the United States. Though it does not rank as having the most reliable network, it has the most satisfied employees. Many survey respondents on Glassdoor.com acknowledge that the job can be stressful, but claim they are well compensated with a decent salary and performance-based bonuses. Many also commend the work of their managers, saying they can be helpful in easing the stress that comes with the job.

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22. Starbucks
> Glassdoor rating:
3.8
> Number of reviews: 7,000
> CEO approval rating: 91% (Howard D. Schultz)
> Employees: 191,000
> Industry: Specialty Eateries
> Revenue: $16.4 billion

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) baristas make an average of $9.50 an hour, significantly higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. While a relatively high wage never hurts, Starbucks employees rave about the company’s perks on Glassdoor.com. The company offers employees a favorable 401k and health insurance through Blue Cross. Not to mention free coffee. Like most of the best companies to work for, Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz receives high marks from employees with a 92% approval rating.

23. FedEx
> Glassdoor rating:
3.8
> Number of reviews: 1,600
> CEO approval rating: 88% (Fred Smith)
> Employees: 325,000
> Industry: Air delivery & freight services
> Revenue: $45.6 billion

Earlier this year, FedEx (NYSE: FDX) ranked among the top 10 companies with the best customer service in a Zogby survey commissioned by 24/7 Wall St. According to ratings posted on Glassdoor.com, FedEx also does well by its employees. Receiving an average score of 3.8 stars out of five, FedEx is one of the best large companies to work for in the United States. Though many package handlers complain that the job can be physically demanding at times, great benefits and job security were common sentiments expressed in the positive reviews.

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24. Edward Jones
> Glassdoor rating:
3.7
> Number of reviews: 1,100
> CEO approval rating: 89% (Jim Weddle)
> Employees: 39,000
> Industry: Diversified financials
> Revenue: $5.7 billion

Edward Jones is an investment management company that claims to emphasise the relationship between the financial advisor and the client. Employees, too, seem to be satisfied, with seven out of 10 happy enough with their job that they would recommend it to a friend. Employees at the company note on Glassdoor.com the comprehensive training program in particular, saying it allows them to do their job confidently, and that it will serve them throughout their career. Positive reviews also express satisfaction with company perks such as bonuses, vacation time, and flexible hours.

25. Unilever
> Glassdoor rating:
3.7
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 90% (Paul Polman)
> Employees: 172,471
> Industry: Personal products
> Revenue: $68.6 billion

Though the company is headquartered in London, Unilever ranks as one of the best companies to work for in the United States. Unilever owns common household brands such Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Dove soaps. One reviewer noted that “if you are dedicated to improving yourself and Unilever you will be supported and rise in the company.” While compensation at the company is roughly in line with the national average for similar positions, the company appears to offer a generous 401 k contribution.