Special Report

The Best Companies to Work For

For the many Americans who enter the workforce each year, few decisions are as consequential as choosing a career. Picking a profession is only the first step, however. The next is deciding which company or organization to work for.

Based on 49 million reviews posted to Glassdoor, an online platform where employees can rate their employers, the average company rating is 3.4 out of 5. While a score above a 4 is relatively rare, there are a handful of major companies that appear to prioritize employee satisfaction — and the proof is in the feedback. There are 17 highly reviewed companies with a score of at least 4.3.

24/7 Wall St. used Glassdoor data to identify the best companies to work for. This is not a Glassdoor commissioned report. We considered only large, U.S.-based companies and excluded government agencies and nonprofits from our analysis.

In a written exchange with 24/7 Wall St., Glassdoor career trends expert Amelia Green-Vamos laid out some of what these companies are doing to keep their employees happy. “Trust in senior leadership is a leading factor underlying long-term employee satisfaction along with culture and values, and career opportunities.” To be sure, employee-submitted reviews for companies on this list frequently cite those same factors. These qualities are notably absent in many reviews for the worst companies to work for.

Compensation also appears to play a role. Average salaries for common positions in many companies on this list regularly extend into the six-figure range. It is likely no coincidence that several of these companies also rank among America’s highest paying companies.

When it comes to intangible assets of a company, employee satisfaction is critically important, but it is not everything. Despite a dedicated and happy workforce, one company on this list also ranks among the 10 companies with the worst reputations.

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17. Varsity Tutors
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 86%
> Employees: 501-1,000
> Industry: Education
> Headquarters: St. Louis, MO

Varsity Tutors is an online platform that connects students with tutors through video chat and interactive tools using a desktop or mobile devices. The company employs tutors that can help students in a range of subjects as well as sales representatives and customer service specialists.

The company was founded in 2007 by Chuck Cohn, who himself struggled in school and benefited from the aid of quality tutors — who were often difficult to find. Cohn currently serves as CEO and enjoys a 96% approval rating among employees who reviewed the company on Glassdoor. Positive employee reviews regularly cite the flexible work schedule and the ability to work from home.

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16. Ceridian
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 88%
> Employees: 4,444
> Industry: Software
> Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN

Ceridian is a Minnesota-based software development company. The company’s flagship product is Dayforce, a cloud based human resources management application. Ceridian employees work in sales, technology, marketing, and finance, and the company offers its employees a range of benefits, tuition reimbursement, a flexible work environment, and frequent office social functions.

Ceridian employees also have confidence in the company’s leadership. CEO David Ossip has a 95% approval rating on Glassdoor.

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15. VIPKid
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 86%
> Employees: 5,001-10,000
> Industry: Education
> Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Along with Varsity Tutors, VIPKid is one of two online learning platforms to rank among the best companies to work for. The private, San Francisco-based company connects children in China who are studying English with teachers in the United States. Those working for the company can earn up to $22 an hour and have the flexibility to work from home and on their own schedules. Good pay and flexibility are frequently cited in positive reviews on Glassdoor.

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14. Omni Hotels
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 87%
> Employees: 22,000
> Industry: Hospitality
> Headquarters: Dallas, TX

Omni Hotels operates 60 luxury hotels and resorts in North America. The only company in the hospitality industry to rank on this list, Omni distinguishes itself by, according to reviews of the company on Glassdoor, offering employees growth and development opportunities, good benefits, and a strong culture. Omni employees also have confidence in the company’s leadership. CEO Peter Strebel has a 97% approval rating on Glassdoor.

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13. C.R. England
> Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 92%
> Employees: 5,001 – 10,000
> Industry: Trucking
> Headquarters: Salt Lake City, UT

C.R. England is a Salt Lake City-based refrigerated trucking company that specializes in moving perishable freight like fresh produce, meat, dairy products, and chemicals. In the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Glassdoor, C.R. England employees applaud the company for its training program. The company offers positions in operations and truck driving. The company was founded in 1920 by its namesake, Chester R. England. Still family owned, CEO Chad England has a 96% employee approval rating on Glassdoor.