The Best Companies to Work According to Employees

A new report from Glassdoor reveals where the happiest employees are working.
Hands in for a happy workplace

The average American spends approximately 90,000 hours, or ⅓ of his or her life, at work. Considering how much time you spend toiling for someone else, finding a company where you can enjoy yourself (or at least not constantly call in sick on Monday) should be a priority. The "right" job boils down to individual preferences, but a new survey released by employer review website Glassdoor of the 100 best places to work should point you in the right direction.

What do you mean by "best"?

Glassdoor ranks the companies based on data submitted to its website from employees, which it then vets through a "proprietary awards algorithm" that takes into account "the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews submitted by U.S.-based employees between Oct. 23, 2017 and Oct. 21, 2018," according to a press release.

These reviews ask employees to judge their company on a wide range of metrics, including satisfaction with the CEO, work/life balance, culture and values and (of course) compensation. In other words, while Glassdoor attempted to create its list based on as much data as possible, there's still an element of subjectivity in determining a review's "quality" and you shouldn't immediately cry "fake news!" because a company you used to work for and hate happens to rank high on the list.

The best companies to work for

According to Glassdoor, the best large companies (1,000 employees or more) to work at are:

  1. Bain & Company
  2. Zoom Video Communications
  3. In-N-Out Burger
  4. Procore Technologies
  5. Boston Consulting Group
  6. LinkedIn
  7. Facebook
  8. Google
  9. lululemon
  10. Southwest Airlines

Beyond the top 10 listed above, Glassdoor also ranked 90 other companies which can be found here. While it contains a few surprises (who knew that In-and-Out provided such a rewarding employment experience?), tech companies—those pioneers of bean bag chairs, office beer kegs and daily catered lunches—make up 26% of the list.

How to get hired at one of these companies?

According to further research by Glassdoor, the most common job listing at the companies on this list is for a software engineer, with 3,200 positions open. If you can't tell the Java on your screen from the stuff you slurp down every morning, then you're still in luck if you happen to be a registered nurse. Since healthcare companies make up 13% of the companies listed, the role of registered nurse has more than 2,200 openings with the ranked employers.

Most Common Jobs Being Hired Today by 2019 U.S. Large Best Places to Work

Job TitleOpen Jobs with Glassdoor Best Companies ListMedian Salary for Open Job Postings
Software Engineer3,265$108,800
Registered Nurse2,282$78,100
Tax Professional2,118$28,700
Hair Stylist1,916$27,900
Service Technician1,373$43,000
Program Manager1,129$90,100
Sales Agent787$34,800
Restaurant Cook784$27,700
Licensed Practical Nurse720$49,800
Service Manager657$65,600

And if all else fails, you can try flipping burgers at In-and-Out.

James Ellis

James Ellis is a former Staff Writer for ValuePenguin, covering credit, banking, travel and other personal finance topics. He previously wrote for Newsweek, Men's Health, and other nationally-published magazines.

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