Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

Thomas C. Frohlich, Michael B. Sauter, Evan Comen, Samuel Stebbins

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13. H-E-B
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Charles Butt)
> Industry: Food markets
> Revenue: $22 billion
> Employees: 80,000

H-E-B is a San Antonio-based supermarket chain, operating about 340 locations around the country. It is also one of the largest privately-held U.S. companies. Employees who wrote positive reviews about the company frequently cited flexible scheduling as well as good benefits. The most commonly cited benefits are the discount employees receive, the 401(k) plan, and health insurance.

Employees appear to have a great deal of respect for CEO Charles Butt, who has stood at the helm of his family’s company since 1971. Butt is one of the 20 highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor.

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12. Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE)
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 94% (Shantanu Narayen)
> Industry: Application software
> Revenue: $4.8 billion
> Employees: 13,893

Adobe is behind many ubiquitous software products that countless businesses, creative agencies, and individuals rely on daily. The California-based company promises prospective hires they will help shape the future of digital experiences. Indeed, many employees cite making a difference as a reason for their job satisfaction.

High salaries and good benefits also help with the high job satisfaction. The average base salary of a computer scientist at Adobe is $119,395, about $10,000 more than it is on average at other companies. Company employees can also benefit from generous performance bonuses and a 401(k) contribution matching of up to 6%.

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11. Salesforce (NYSE: CRM)
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Marc Benioff)
> Industry: Application software
> Revenue: $6.7 billion
> Employees: 19,000

Salesforce is one of many California-based software and technology companies to rank among the best employers in the United States. Satisfied employees regularly cite a great company culture that takes its cue from solid leadership. Not surprisingly, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is one of the most popular chief executives in the country. Co-founding the company in 1999, Benioff has held his current role since 2001 and receives near universal praise from his employees.

Salaries at Salesforce certainly do not hurt employee morale. While higher employee compensation is not as much of a clear indicator of employee satisfaction as is often assumed, it certainly can have an impact.The typical technical staff member at the company earns a base salary of $119,731 a year, more than $11,000 higher than the average base salary for technical staff at other companies across the country. After bonuses, a technical staff member at Salesforce can expect to bring home $135,509 a year on average.

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10. Keller Williams
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 90% (Chris Heller)
> Industry: Real estate
> Revenue: $228 billion
> Employees: 139,000

Unique among companies with the highest employee satisfaction, Keller Williams is the only real estate business with a Glassdoor rating of at least 3.8. While reviewers regularly cite the company’s collaborative culture and comprehensive training program, it is the company’s profit sharing policies that are especially popular among employees. The average base salary of a KW real estate agent is only $41,271. However, after bonuses and profit and commission sharing, the average real estate agent takes home more than $75,000 a year.

The Austin, Texas-based franchise is the largest company of its kind in the world, employing more than 139,000 people.

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9. Boston Consulting Group
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Rich Lesser)
> Industry: Business services and supplies
> Revenue: $4.5 billion
> Employees: 10,500

Named after the city it was founded in more than half a century ago, Boston Consulting Group today is one of the best companies in the country to work for. Like many of the other top rated consulting firms on Glassdoor, satisfied BCG employees regularly cite challenging work, talented coworkers, and great benefits. Consultants at BCG are also well paid. With an average base salary of $145,253, the annual take home pay, including bonuses, is $172,478 on average. In comparison, the average industry wide base salary of a consultant is $92,564.

As is the case with the vast majority of the companies with the highest employee satisfaction, workers at BCG have confidence in the company’s leadership. CEO Rich Lesser has lead the company since early 2013 and has a 97% approval rating on Glassdoor.