Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

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29. Genentech
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 89% (Bill Anderson)
> Industry: Pharmaceuticals
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 13,300

Employees of Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche, rate working at the company an average of 4 out of 5 stars, one of the highest ratings of any major company. Employees commonly cite good work-life balance, great benefits, and smart coworkers as positives of working at the company.

Genentech is one of many biotech companies to make changes in top management in recent years. In January 2017, current CEO Bill Anderson replaced former CEO Ian Clark, who had retired after 14 years with the company. Anderson currently has an 89% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor, slightly lower than Clark’s 95% rating in 2016.

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28. Trader Joe’s
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 81% (Dan Bane)
> Industry: Grocery stores
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 8,000

Wholesale supermarket chain Trader Joe’s business model is buying direct from suppliers and minimizing overhead to generally keep prices low. However, while the company puts an emphasis on cost saving, that philosophy does not appear to extend to paying its employees. The company prides itself in its policy of paying a living wage and high pay and regular raises are commonly cited in positive reviews.

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27. Hilton (NYSE: HLT)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 95% (Christopher J. Nassetta)
> Industry: Hospitality
> Profit: $364 million
> Employees: 169,000

Most of the best companies to work for are in the technology or pharmaceutical sectors. One exception is Hilton, the only company in the hospitality industry to rank among the best large companies to work for. In addition to Hilton Hotels, other brands the company manages include Double Tree, Embassy Suites, and Waldorf Astoria.

Employees tout the company’s benefits and their ability to work from home once a week. They also approve of Hilton’s leadership. CEO Christopher Nassetta, who has been at the helm since 2007, receives near universal approval on Glassdoor.

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26. VMware (NYSE: VMW)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 91% (Patrick Gelsinger)
> Industry: Information technology
> Profit: $1.2 billion
> Employees: 19,900

Employees of VMware rate working at the company an average of 4.0 out of 5 stars, one of the best ratings of any major company. One commonly cited benefit of working at VMware is the company’s cutting edge technology. VMware was the first commercially successful company to introduce virtualization technology to the x86 computing platform. Today, VMware Infrastructure is the most widely used software for virtualizing IT environments.

Dell Technologies recently purchased VMware in what was the the largest merger in IT history. While the merger led to the elimination of approximately 800 positions at VMware, the company’s average ratings have risen since the acquisition was completed in September 2016 from about 3.7 to 4.0.

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25. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 95% (Alex Gorsky)
> Industry: Consumer products
> Profit: $16.5 billion
> Employees: 126,400

Robert Wood Johnson co-founded Johnson & Johnson as a surgical instrument supply company in 1886 with a factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a sales office in New York City. Today, the company operates in 60 countries, regularly reports over $70 billion in annual sales, and has some of the most satisfied employees in the United States. Johnson & Johnson employees laud the company’s benefit package, which for many includes a pension plan — an increasingly rare perk in corporate America.

Company CEO Alex Gorsky, who has publicly stressed the importance of employee work-life balance, has a 95% approval rating from current and former Johnson & Johnson employees on Glassdoor.