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The Best Companies To Work For

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The past year has been an especially challenging time for businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to adapt their business models and alter the way their employees work. 

In spite of the challenges, certain companies were able to keep their employees happy — both through the traditional means of high compensation and good benefits and by providing work from home accommodations while maintaining a good company culture. Companies that adapted and thrived in these circumstances were able to generate very positive feedback from their workforce.

To provide a list of the best companies to work for, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2021 Best Places to Work list from career and employment site Glassdoor. Data came from U.S. employee feedback collected from October 2019 to October 2020.

The companies that rank among the top workplaces have several characteristics in common. Employees generally say these companies provide good work-life balance, positive company culture, and relatively high salaries.

Many of the employees of companies on this list also said they appreciated being able to make an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it was helping people communicate during social distancing restrictions, work from home more comfortably, or producing the COVID-19 vaccine, workers generally appreciated jobs that allowed them to make a positive impact.

While this sense of purpose is important, perhaps the best indicator of job satisfaction is compensation. Highly-paid employees are more likely to be satisfied with their work. So it should come as no surprise that many of the best companies to work for are large tech businesses, which tend to offer relatively high salaries. These are the highest paying jobs in America.

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25. MathWorks
> Rating: 4.4

MathWorks is a tech company that develops mathematical computing software. The Natick, Massachusetts-based company ranks as the 25th best company to work for, receiving a 4.4 out of 5 rating, based on employees feedback from October 2019 to 2020 on company review site Glassdoor.

Of the nearly 1,600 reviews left by current and former employees, 91% would recommend working at MathWorks to a friend, and 98% said they approved of the job CEO Jack Little is doing. Workers largely said MathWorks has a good work life balance.

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24. Johnson & Johnson
> Rating: 4.4

Johnson & Johnson is a large biotech and pharmaceutical company headquartered in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The company has frequently been in the news recently for its COVID-19 vaccine.

One of the largest companies to rank among the best places to work, many J&J employees say they like the work environment and their coworkers. Hundreds also left positive comments about the benefits the company offers.

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23. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
> Rating: 4.4

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a U.S. federal government agency that conducts science and technology research in areas like counterterrorism, intelligence, and energy and environmental security. It has ranked as one of the 25 best places to work in each of the last three years.

More than 90% of reviewers on Glassdoor say they approve of Laboratory Director Kimberly Budil and that they would recommend working at LLNL to a friend. Salaries at the national laboratory tend to be fairly high, with people in jobs like computer scientist, physicist, engineer, and more all reporting average salaries well above $100,000 per year.

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22. Zoom Video Communications
> Rating: 4.4

Zoom Video Communications has been a daily part of many people’s lives over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to work from home. The company itself ranks as one of the best places to work, with 98% of Glassdoor reviewers saying they approve of CEO Eric Yuan.

Many workers mention that there were some growing pains and that they did have to work long hours during the pandemic, but that they felt their efforts were worthwhile since they were able to make a difference for customers during a stressful time.

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21. Southwest Airlines
> Rating: 4.4

Southwest Airlines is one of two airlines to rank among the 25 best companies to work for, per Glassdoor ratings from current and former employees. The Dallas-based carrier has been one of the top places to work for over a decade.

Reviewers often said they appreciated the financial benefits Southwest Airlines offers, including competitive pay, benefits, 401K match, stock options, and flight benefits. CEO Gary Kelly has a 96% approval rating. Kelly has recently announced he would step down from the CEO role early next year.

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20. Blue Raven Solar
> Rating: 4.4

Blue Raven Solar is an energy company headquartered in Orem, Utah, that installs solar panels to provide customers with solar power. It has 24 different locations across a dozen states. Blue Raven Solar is also one of the newest companies on this list, having been founded in 2014.

CEO Ben Peterson has a 95% approval rating on Glassdoor, and 88% of workers would recommend working at Blue Raven Solar to a friend. Many reviews positively note the strong company culture.

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19. Emanate Health
> Rating: 4.4

Emanate Health runs a health care system comprising three hospitals in California’s San Gabriel Valley, between Los Angeles and San Bernardino. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, employees said in reviews Emanate Health was a great place to work and offered good benefits, according to Glassdoor feedback from October 2019 to October 2020.

More than 90% of employees said they would recommend that a friend work at Emanate health, and 92% said they approve of CEO Robert Curry.

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18. RingCentral
> Rating: 4.4

RingCentral is an IT services company headquartered in Belmont, California. It provides cloud communications and contact center solutions. As is the case with many tech companies, RingCentral offers relatively high salaries. Its software engineers, product managers, marketing managers, and more all average six-figure salaries.

As one of the top-reviewed workplaces on Glassdoor, many RingCentral employees reported that the company allows them to have a good work life balance, particularly for those with families. Some also said the company has a good work environment.

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17. Salesforce
> Rating: 4.4

Salesforce is a cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco. Not only is it one of the best companies to work for, but it is also one of the largest companies in the world, placing 137th on the Fortune 500. The company has over 10,000 employees and reports more than $21 billion in revenue.

In Glassdoor reviews, current and former employees say that Salesforce offers great benefits as well as maintaining a good work culture and a diverse workforce.

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16. KnowBe4
> Rating: 4.4

KnowBe4 is an IT services company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. It is one of the newest companies on this list, having been founded in 2010. It is also relatively small compared to many of the other best companies to work for, with fewer than 1,000 total employees.

KnowBe4 provides information security and training to avoid scams and other online issues. Reviewers praise the company’s culture, and CEO Stu Sjouwerman has an impressive approval rating of 99%.

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15. DocuSign
> Rating: 4.4

DocuSign is a tech company that provides businesses and individuals the ability to sign documents digitally. Many employees said in Glassdoor reviews that they felt positively about the product they put out.

More than 90% of DocuSign reviewers on Glassdoor said they would recommend working at the company to a friend, and CEO Dan Springer is broadly liked, with a 98% approval rating. The company’s value has increased significantly recently. While the stock price dipped below $80 per share in April of 2020, it shot up to more than $300 a share by July 2021.

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14. Stryker
> Rating: 4.4

Stryker is a medical product manufacturing company headquartered in Portage, Michigan. The business makes surgical tools, orthopedics, and nanotechnology products. The company is relatively large, with over 43,000 employees and more than $14 billion in sales in 2020.

Stryker is one of the only Midwestern-based businesses to rank among the best companies to work for. In Glassdoor reviews, many employees said they appreciated Stryker’s commitment to work-life balance and added that it had a good company culture.

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13. LinkedIn
> Rating: 4.4

Professional networking site LinkedIn is in the business of helping people find new jobs, so it makes sense that the company has a good reputation from its own employees. It ranks as the 13th best company to work for, earning a 4.4 out of 5 rating on Glassdoor.

Hundreds of reviewers said they liked the company culture at LinkedIn and appreciated that the office offers free food. LinkedIn workers typically have high salaries, with six figure averages for positions like software engineer, product manager, data scientist, and many others.

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12. Boston Consulting Group
> Rating: 4.4

Boston Consulting Group aims to help businesses grow and gain a competitive advantage. It ranks as one of the top places to work largely because of the people working there. Glassdoor reviewers consistently praise their coworkers as one of the best aspects of working at BCG.

BCG has ranked as one of the best companies to work for each year for over a decade. CEO Rich Lesser also ranked as the top chief executive of any company in 2021, based on employee feedback on Glassdoor.

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11. Facebook
> Rating: 4.4

Social media giant Facebook ranks as one of the best companies to work for, as it has for a decade. In Glassdoor reviews, employees largely have positive things to say about working at Facebook, including their favorable impression of their coworkers. Many also add that they like the work environment and appreciate the office’s free food.

As one of the world’s largest companies by revenue, Facebook can offer its employees relatively high salaries. Its software engineers, program managers, data scientists, and other workers all make well over $100,000 on average.

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10. H E B
> Rating: 4.4

H E B is a San Antonio-based grocery chain, with hundreds of stores across Texas and Mexico. According to Glassdoor reviews, it is the 10th best company to work for — and the only grocer to rank among the top 25.

The company is run by the founder’s grandson, Charles Butt, who has a 95% approval rating according Glassdoor ratings from current and former employees. Reviewers also say they appreciate the relatively high pay and flexible work schedules H E B offers.

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9. Microsoft
> Rating: 4.5

Tech giant Microsoft is one of just nine companies with at least a 4.5/5 rating on Glassdoor from its current and former employees. CEO Satya Nadella is one of the top chief executives based on Glassdoor reviews — 98% of Microsoft employees approve of the job he is doing.

Microsoft offers its employees a number of benefits, including stock options, which are quite lucrative. After its stock price dipped to around $135 per share in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, shares have rebounded quickly. Sixteen months later, Microsoft’s share price has more than doubled to $285.

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8. lululemon
> Rating: 4.5

Lululemon is one of the leading athleisure brands, providing clothing for yoga, running, and other athletic pursuits. It ranks as one of the best companies to work for, with a 4.5 out of 5 rating from its employees.

Many Glassdoor reviewers praise the culture at lululemon, with one saying it “is exceptional at communicating to its employees and listening to feedback.” Many also note that lululemon makes personal development a priority.

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7. Delta Air Lines
> Rating: 4.5

Delta Airlines ranks as the seventh best company to work for, and the best airline to work for, according to Glassdoor reviews. It has a rating of 4.5/5 overall, according to employee reviews left from October 2019 to October 2020.

Delta’s reviews have improved considerably over the past few years. The airline ranked as the 28th best company to work for in 2019, then dropped off the list entirely in 2020 before rebounding all the way up to seventh. CEO Ed Bastian has a 94% approval rating, and 91% of Delta Airlines workers say they would recommend working at the company to a friend.

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6. Google
> Rating: 4.5

Google is one of the world’s largest tech companies, producing software, hardware, cloud computing, and the world’s top search engine.

Many Glassdoor reviews say one of the best aspects of working at Google is the people. CEO Sundar Pichai has a 95% approval rating. As a large tech company, Google can offer its employees very competitive salaries. Software engineers, data scientists, interaction designers, and many other positions at the company average salaries well over $100,000.

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5. McKinsey & Company
> Rating: 4.5

McKinsey & Company ranks as the fifth best company to work for. The consulting company helps business clients improve the performance of their business. McKinsey is headquartered in New York City, though it has over 100 offices worldwide. It also ranks as one of the oldest companies on this list, having been founded in 1926.

In Glassdoor reviews, McKinsey employees say they largely like the people they work with. The firm’s previous leader Kevin Sneader had an approval rating of 95%, making him one of the best reviewed chief executives among American businesses — by employees. Sneader was ousted by the partners over some controversies, and the current leader is Global Managing Partner Bob Sternfeld.

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4. HubSpot
> Rating: 4.5

HubSpot is a customer relationship management platform that provides software, sales, website management and tech support to businesses. It ranks as the fourth best place to work, according to its employees.

HubSpot employees rave about the work-life balance in Glassdoor reviews, touting the company’s unlimited paid time off policy, and saying that they were encouraged to take vacations. CEO Brian Haligan has a 99% approval rating and ranks among the top CEOs on Glassdoor.

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3. In-N-Out Burger
> Rating: 4.5

West Coast favorite In-N-Out Burger has been serving burgers and fries since 1948. It is the only restaurant to rank among the best places to work, and it has ranked as one of the 10 best companies to work for each year since 2015.

Hundreds of Glassdoor reviews about In-N-Out laud the company for its relatively high pay for hourly workers — well above its competitors in the fast food space. It also offers some employees benefits like 401K matches and health care benefits. The vast majority of workers say they like CEO Lynsi Snyder and would recommend working at In-N-Out to a friend.

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2. NVIDIA
> Rating: 4.5

Nvidia is a computer hardware and software company headquartered in Santa Clara, California. The company creates a wide array of tech products like AI, robotics, health care, and more. According to Glassdoor reviews, 97% of Nvidia workers past and present would recommend working at the company to a friend, and 98% approve of CEO Jensen Huang — both among the highest percentages of any company.

Nvidia’s workers say they appreciate being able to work on cutting edge technology, and that the company allows them to have a good work-life balance.

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1. Bain & Company
> Rating: 4.6

Bain & Company ranks as the best company to work for, according to Glassdoor reviews. It is the only company to achieve a 4.6 rating in 2021 — and it has ranked among the five best places to work each year for over a decade. CEO Manny Maceda has a 98% approval rating.

Bain & Company is a consulting firm, located in Boston. Many reviewers praise the company culture and say they appreciate the opportunities for professional development. Bain & Company employees tend to have relatively high salaries, with many positions averaging incomes of well over $100,000.

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