Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

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8. McKinsey & Company
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Dominic Barton)
> Industry: Consulting
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 14,000

About 35% of McKinsey & Company’s 14,000 strong workforce work in the Americas. The company’s U.S. employees rate working at McKinsey 4.3 out 5 — one of the highest rating of any company. The company employs highly skilled people — from medical doctors to engineers — as consultants that help a range of clients with business services.

Like most well-reviewed companies, McKinsey pays its people well. Average annual salaries for the three most common jobs at the company range from $140,000 to $175,000. Many employees also refer to the sink or swim environment as both a pro and a con to working at McKinsey.

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> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Bill McDermott)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $3.8 billion
> Employees: 24,696 (Americas)

SAP is an information technology company with a range of products for corporate clients in such areas as data management and storage, financial analysis, supply chain management and more. Though it was founded and is headquartered in Germany, SAP has over a dozen offices throughout major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, and St. Louis. Employees laud the company’s benefits, which include free or subsidized lunch, health and life insurance, and stock purchasing plans. In the last year, the company’s stock price has climbed about 19% — outperforming both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes.

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6. SpaceX
> Glassdoor rating: 4.4/5
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Elon Musk)
> Industry: Aerospace
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 6,000

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also receives near universal approval from company employees. The private aerospace company was the first ever to successfully reuse a rocket for orbital spaceflight. NASA now uses SpaceX’s aircraft for resupply missions to the International Space Station. Many of the factors driving employee satisfaction at SpaceX are related to the company’s bold mission and innovative history. Employees commonly cite the engaging work environment and numerous learning opportunities as pros to working at SpaceX.

While SpaceX employees enjoy the challenge and purpose of their work, many also cite the long hours as a cons of working at the company, and rate the ability to achieve a work-life balance 2.9 out of 5 on average. Overall, employees rate SpaceX 4.4 out of 5 stars, more than all but two companies of similar size.

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5. Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.4/5
> CEO approval rating: 97% (Jensen Huang)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $1.7 billion
> Employees: 10,299

Many of the highest employee rated companies on Glassdoor are California-based tech companies — as is Nvidia. The company made a name for itself refining computer game graphics, and it is now developing AI technology. Largely because of its flexible hours and healthy work-life balance, the company has garnered a nearly unheard of 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Glassdoor.

Nvidia’s founder and CEO Jensen Huang is even more universally admired than the company itself. Huang has held the top job since the company’s inception in 1993. Currently, Huang has a 97% approval rating from his employees.

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4. Insight Global
> Glassdoor rating: 4.4/5
> CEO approval rating: 93% (Glenn Johnson)
> Industry: Business services
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 2,374 (U.S.)

Insight Global offers staffing and recruiting services to companies primarily in the information technology, accounting, engineering, and financial industries. Some of the most common positions at the company include recruiter and account manager. According to Glassdoor, recruiters receive a base salary of about $35,000 on average plus commission, which increases greatly with promotion. Many recruiters reviewing Insight Global note that the company rewards hard work and offers substantial opportunities for upward growth and high earnings. As one reviewer wrote, “nearly 100% of people here are making over $100,000 within their second full year at the company.”