Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

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3. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Mark Zuckerberg)
> Industry: Internet information providers
> Revenue: $17.9 billion
> Employees: 12,691

Like many of the best companies to work for, social networking giant Facebook is controlled by the person who founded the company. Just as a high CEO turnover rate might reflects poorly on a company’s management, the continuity of Mark Zuckerberg’s tenure as CEO may help explain his near-perfect approval rating as well as the overall high employee satisfaction. In favorable reviews, the company is frequently praised for its perks and benefits, including free food, on-site medical and dental care, and generous vacation time that one reviewer claimed employees are actually encouraged to use. The benefits are so generous some reviewers complain their coworkers have developed an unhealthy sense of entitlement, citing ridiculous complaints in feedback sessions.

More than 1 billion people use facebook around the world. The company’s remarkable global presence, as well as its stated intention to make society more open and connected, appear to have helped many employees believe they are changing the world, according to reviews.

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2. Insight Global
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Glenn Johnson)
> Industry: IT services
> Revenue: $1.2 billion (last year’s source)
> Employees: N/A

Insight Global sells staffing and recruiting services to companies operating primarily in the information technology, accounting, engineering, and financial industries. As a company that is in the business of matching employees to employers, one would hope Insight Global’s own employees are well suited and satisfied with their jobs. Indeed, only Bain & Company is reviewed more favorably by its employees than Insight Global.

Based on employee reviews, working at Insight Global is highly demanding. As is the case with a number of the best companies to work for, however, employees who are up to the challenge are rewarded with high salaries. As one reviewer claimed, “nearly 100% of people here are making over $100,000 within their second full year at the company.” Current and former employees also report plenty of opportunities and support for professional development, indicating that for many satisfied employees, the challenge may itself be a reward.

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1. Bain & Company
> Rating:
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Bob Bechek)
> Industry: Business services and supplies
> Revenue: $2.2 billion
> Employees: 5,700

Bain & Company is the most highly regarded company on Glassdoor. CEO Bob Bechek is very popular among his employees, with a near-perfect approval rating. The high salaries the company’s consultants and analysts make certainly explain part of the high job satisfaction. Competitive benefits, such as maternity and paternity leave, a 401(k) plan, and health insurance are also often cited favorably by employees. Upper management and the professional climate are also often described in reviews as very supportive.

However, working at Bain & Company is also a double-edged sword for many employees. Work-life balance is mentioned in both positive and negative reviews of the company. As is likely the case for many others working in highly highly demanding occupations, opportunity and competitive compensation are rewards for challenging and often stressful working conditions. One reviewer wrote, “you are always solving the easiest problem you will ever solve again.”