Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

26. Texas Instruments
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 77% (Rich Templeton)
> Employees: 31,003
> Industry: Semiconductor – broad line
> Revenue: $13.0 billion

Founded in 1930 under the name Geophysical Service Inc, the company was not known as Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) until 1954 when they invented the silicon transistor, which TI says paved the way to modern electronics. Positive reviews on Glassdoor.com regularly cite good pay and benefits, flexible hours, and a friendly work environment. In fact, with a base annual salary just over $100,000, an electrical design engineer makes 12% more than the average national salary for the same job.

27. Publix
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,000
> CEO approval rating: 87% (Ed Crenshaw)
> Employees: 175,000
> Industry: Retail food
> Revenue: $30.8 billion

While there are dozens of supermarket chains across the country, Publix is one of only two that ranks among the best places to work. According to the company’s website, Publix prides itself in being “a great place to work.” While wages for cashiers and deli clerks are slightly below the national average for similar positions, at $9.38 and $10.10 an hour respectively, full time employees praise the grocery chain for generous benefits and flexible scheduling options.

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28. Marriott
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,000
> CEO approval rating: 88% (Arne Sorenson)
> Employees: 123,500
> Industry: Lodging
> Revenue: $13.8 billion

Earlier this year, Marriott (NYSE: MAR) ranked fourth among the companies with the best customer service in a Zogby survey commissioned by 24/7 Wall St. While Marriott does well by its customers, it also manages to keep its employees happy. Employees often rate the hotel chain highly for its benefits. Satisfied Marriott employees regularly cite discounted hotel rates across the nation and around the globe as one of the perks of working for the hotel chain.

29. Qualcomm
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,300
> CEO approval rating: 72% (Steve Mollenkopf)
> Employees: 31,300
> Industry: Communication equipment
> Revenue: $26.5 billion

Semiconductor and communications company Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) ranks as one of the best companies in its field to work for. Many Qualcomm employees say they enjoyed having access to the cutting edge technology the company provides. Workers submitting reviews on Glassdoor.com also say company benefits are highly competitive and praised the office environment. Many in the San Diego branch, where the company is based, say they enjoy the location.

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30. Goldman Sachs
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,300
> CEO approval rating: 93% (Lloyd C. Blankfein)
> Employees: 34,000
> Industry: Investment brokerage
> Revenue: $34.5 billion

Though the most common complaints about working for Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) are the long hours and lack of a work-life balance, the brokerage firm compensates its employees well. An average associate with the company makes a base annual salary of $113,600 a year, about 20% more than the national average for the same position. After bonuses, an associate can expect to take home about $151,000 annually. Goldman employees are also pleased with the amount they learned while working at the company, the power the brand brought to their resumes, and working with smart and talented people.

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