Detailed Findings and Methodology
Though the best companies to work for span a range of industries — from waste management to transportation — the industries that dominate this list are consulting, pharmaceuticals, and technology. Jobs in these industries typically require highly skilled workers. As a result, in order to attract top talent, industry leaders often need to offer high salaries and competitive benefits. Workers at highly rated companies in technology or consulting typically report annual pay in the six-figure range.
Satisfaction with pay is also often contingent on expectations — that is, a clerk at a supermarket or a driver would not expect to earn an engineer’s salary. Still, though salaries at some companies on this list, like Wegmans and CDW, are less than half the salaries at some tech companies, these companies still offer salaries and benefits that are generous relative to other employers in the respective industry — and their employees are therefore generally satisfied with their salary.
Another common trait among most companies on this list is strong leadership. Of the 34 best companies to work for, 26 have CEOs with an approval rating of at least 90%. And at the top three companies, the CEOs enjoy nearly universal approval from their employees.
A disproportionate share of the companies on this list are still run by their founder or a founder’s family member. Companies like Wegmans have been run by a relative of the founder since its beginnings over a century ago. In some younger technology companies such as Facebook and Nvidia, the founder still holds the top job.
Some companies on this list were founded abroad, but each has a considerable presence as an employer in the United States.
To determine America’s best companies to work for, 24/7 Wall St. independently reviewed employee ratings and testimonials on Glassdoor retrieved on August 8, 2017 – this is not a Glassdoor.com commissioned report. Among the more than 500 companies and organizations reviewed, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 34 businesses that received the highest overall ratings. Employee satisfaction is measured by Glassdoor on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0, where 1.0 is very dissatisfied and 5.0 is very satisfied. To be included, a company had to have at least 1,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.0 or higher. When two or more companies had the same review score, the company with more employee reviews was ranked higher. Government agencies as well as nonprofit companies were excluded from our analysis. Employee totals and revenue figures are for the most recent fiscal year available. Sources include company documents and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. In the case of subsidiaries for which profit or employment was not broken out, we used parent company figures and noted them as such. Financial information for private companies was often unavailable.