Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

Source: salesforce.com

13. Salesforce (NYSE: CRM)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Marc Benioff)
> Industry: Software
> Profit: $179 million
> Employees: 25,000

Salesforce is a cloud computing company that provides customer relationship management services through online access to its flagship customer success platform. Employee satisfaction has steadily increased at Salesforce over the past year. Employees today rate working at the company an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars, far higher than the 3.3 average for all companies on Glassdoor. Salaries for senior account executives and quality assurance engineers, some of the most common jobs at Salesforce, are more than $100,000 a year on average.

Employees often cite the company’s 1-1-1 plan as a positive to working at Salesforce. The 1-1-1 plan is Salesforce’s approach to philanthropy, through which the company promises dedicates 1% of its equity, products, and employees’ time to charity, and allows employees to spend time volunteering for various nonprofits. Since Salesforce’s founding in 1999, the 1-1-1 model has led to more than 2 million hours of community service.

12. Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Brad Smith)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $979 million
> Employees: 7,900

Intuit is the company behind such products as QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint used by an estimated 42 million customers across four continents. Founded in 1983, the company is now one of several California-based tech companies to rank among the best employers in the United States. Employee regularly include among the advantages they appreciate most the healthy work-life balance and the ability to work from home when necessary. High salaries do not hurt either. Average salaries for Intuit’s software engineers range from $96,500 to $148,000, depending on seniority.

11. Uber
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: N/A
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 12,000

Founded in 2009, Uber is the youngest company with an average rating above 4 stars out of 5. Uber drivers praise the company’s flexible scheduling, ability to work whenever they want, and the opportunity to meet new people every trip as some of the best benefits of working at the company. Employees on the corporate side of the company, such as logistics managers and marketing workers, cite Uber’s fast paced environment as one of the pros of working at the company.

One of the most important components of employee satisfaction is approval of senior management. In recent months, Uber’s upper management has been at the center of a number of controversies concerning the company’s toxic work environment. Investor and board pressure eventually led to the resignation of several senior executives, including CEO Travis Kalanick. This may be one reason for Uber’s rating decline from 4.5 to 4.2 stars out of 5 over the past year.

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10. Boston Consulting Group
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Rich Lesser)
> Industry: Consulting
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 14,000

Boston Consulting Group has some 80 locations across 48 countries. In the United States, the company has offices in over a dozen major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and New York. With an average employee rating of 4.3 out of 5 on Glassdoor, few companies have a workforce as satisfied as BCG’s. High salaries likely make a difference. Consultants, the most common position at the company, earn an average of over $145,000 a year, and about $172,000 after bonuses. BCG CEO Rich Lesser is also one of the better liked CEOs in the country. Lesser joined the company in 1988 and took the top spot in 2013. He has overseen dramatic expansion and has a 96% approval from BCG employees.

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9. LinkedIn (Nasdaq: MSFT)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Jeff Weiner)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $21.2 billion (Microsoft)
> Employees: 11,000

Employees of LinkedIn, a separately-run subsidiary of Microsoft, rate working at the company an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars, far more than the 3.3 average for all companies. Among the most common benefits of working at LinkedIn that employees cite are the company’s culture and values, the smart coworkers, and free food. In addition to free cafeteria lunches, LinkedIn employees also enjoy unlimited vacation and one day each month dedicated to pursuing personal projects.

LinkedIn has expanded rapidly in recent years, nearly quadrupling in size since 2012. As the company expands, it risks losing aspects of its corporate culture that workers favor. Indeed, many employees have recently complained on Glassdoor that working at the now much bigger company does not feel like it used to.

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