The 10 Best Companies to Work For
Are you tired of your job? Do you have bosses who do not listen? Is your benefits package lame? Do you go home wishing you could work for a company that truly appreciates you? You should seek out a list of the best companies to work. In fact, Glassdoor – a website where current and former employees can review their companies anonymously – has taken care of this for you. They scanned their huge database of company reviews and from this were able to make a list of the best companies to work for.
When individuals review a company, they include such input as the best (or worst) things about working for them, suggestions to management, whether they would recommend this company to others, and a scoring system in which they rate their general satisfaction with their employer and the company CEO, along with other characteristics such as salaries and benefit packages, company values and culture, and the ability to climb the ladder.
Based on all of this input, the company is given a rating on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Top Companies To Work For
Many people might assume that the best companies to work for must all be in the tech industry since there is always talk about how generous these companies are when it comes to perks and incentives. While a few of them did make the list, there are plenty of companies in a variety of industries from finance to healthcare who also rated high. With that in mind, here is a profile on the 10 best companies to work for:
10. Ultimate Software
This software company, based on Weston, Florida, specializes in cloud-based human capital management solutions in the form of its product UltiPro. Ultimate Software was launched nearly three decades ago by Scott Scherr, who remains its president and CEO. The first edition of UltiPro came out in 1993 and the company has not looked back since. This software allows companies to track work attendance and clock-in times, performance evaluations, payroll, recruiting, and a whole lot more. A recent survey of employees found that a full 98% regard the company as a great place to work. The reason why the staff love working for ultimate software is because the company places such high importance on keeping its employees happy. They offer a positive work environment and a great compensation package. The job also scores high in terms of the challenge it provides, the atmosphere, company pride, and approachable bosses. Ultimate Software also contributes back to the community, something that truly makes it a great place to work.
9. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
In 1962, popular comedian and all around entertainer Danny Thomas had a vision. He wanted to help start a hospital where children could receive the best medical care possible based on his belief that all children deserved a chance to live a rich, full life. Since then, the Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been at the forefront when it comes to providing excellent care to children. The clinic and research facility focuses on treating catastrophic diseases. The hospital costs nearly $2.5 million a day to operate, but nonetheless children receive treatment for free. Just to demonstrate how remarkable St. Judes has been, consider this statistic: when the hospital was first established, only 4 percent of children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia survived. Today the survival rate stands at 94 percent! With those kinds of results, it is no wonder that healthcare workers love working there. Indeed, surveys have found that 93% of the staff regard the hospital as a great place to work. While working in a hospital setting can be a stressful and emotional experience, the hospital staff are supportive of each other, which is yet another reason why it is such an appealing place to work. The hospital offers a great variety of perks including their Judestock Outdoor Concert Series featuring picnics, festival games and great bands. St. Jude’s also provides free workshops and seminars that allow employees to grow both personally and professionally.
8. World Wide Technology (WWT)
The company provides tech services to companies ranging from telecoms, commercial enterprises, and many more. Based in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, WWT has a company client base that includes nearly half of the Fortune 100 companies! They also contract with the federal government to provide needed technology services. The company generates revenues of more than $9 billion, making it one of the wealthiest privately owned companies in the US. For the past five years, Fortune has placed WWT on its list of best places to work. The key to the company’s success in terms of employee satisfaction is that they have a company culture that the staff truly believes in. In addition, the staff take to heart the notion that even though WWT has grown into a hugely successful company, there is still something to be said about staying humble and never forgetting where you came from.
HubSpot, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a software developer that specializes in providing inbound marketing and sales consulting. In particular, HubSpot helps companies develop their social media marketing strategies, SEO, web analytics, content management, and landing pages. They have also collaborated with major technology giants such as Microsoft in order to provide integrated software platforms. In 2018 Hubspot, which has had a long-lasting relationship with Google, also began working to enhance Google Cloud capabilities and expanding its international customer base. The company rates high among its employees because it offers world-class training services, has managers who listen to their staff’s feedback, and are reward for their hard work through raises and promotions.
Lululemon athletica inc. is a Canadian-based athletic apparel retailer that first opened in 1998 in Vancouver, first serving as a design studio during the day at a yoga studio at night, becoming a stand alone store two years later. They focus primarily on clothing for the yoga set, including shorts, pants, and t-shirts, but have also expanded to offer running gear and cross-fit apparel. What makes Lululemon appealing to its employees is that the company culture places an emphasis on fun. At the same time, it has built a solid reputation for helping its staff develop sales skills that will serve them well as they advance in their careers. It has been said that the company is an especially ideal place for young people to get their start and gain valuable experience.
For better or worse, Google LLC rules the world. Founded in 1998 back when the Yahoo! search engine was the leader of the pack, Google’s innovative methods for indexing websites would skyrocket the company to the top. Everybody’s favorite search engine is also dominant in Internet-related services such as email, cloud computing, blogging, videos (it owns YouTube, of course) and its web browser Chrome. They are also the developers of the mobile operating system Android, and their Chromebooks are growing in popularity by the year.
The company headquarters, coined “Googleplex” are located in Mountain View, California, and their office culture of providing a fun work environment is something that other companies try to emulate. For instance, they offer free meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) around the clock, supply each of their buildings with a barista, and have a bowling alley, on-campus 24/7 gym that employees can use for free, an outdoor sports park, and free laundry services. The company sends its employees to Vermont for ski trips and to the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York for holiday parties. It is also dog friendly!
4. In-N-Out Burger
This is the US chain of fast food restaurants. It has locations in the American Southwest and Pacific coast. It started out in 1948 as a single restaurant in Baldwin Park, California and since then has grown to include chains throughout California as well as Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Unlike its major competitors such as McDonalds and Burger King, In-N-Out is not publicly-owned nor do they franchise out their restaurants, the thinking being that if they were to expand too greatly, they would compromise on the quality of their food and face issues with consistency. Aside from having an extremely devout customer base, In-N-Out greatly values their employees. In fact, wages start at $11.00, significantly higher than the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. Happy employees obviously leads to higher customer satisfaction as well. While it is an ideal job for high schoolers and others in search of part-time work, there are opportunities for career growth, making it a great option for those who aspire to work in the food industry.
3. Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
This is an American management-consulting company. It has 90 offices in 50 countries. Established in 1963, today it is regarded as one of the Big Three consulting firms long with McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company (see #2). Among its clients, BCG boasts of providing services to more than ⅔ of the Fortune 500 companies. Fortune recently placed BCG at #4 on their list of the 100 best companies to work for. What the employees identify as the most important reasons why they love working for BCG include meaningful, impactful work; extraordinary co-workers, access to extremely influential clients, an effective development and training program, and a competitive salary/benefits package.
2. Bain & Company
Bain & Company is a global management consultancy that, much like its competitor Boston Consulting Group, is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. They work with private, public and non-profits, and specialize in corporate strategy as it pertains to mergers & acquisitions, finance, market analysis, private equity investments, and a variety of other consultant services. Strategies that maximize customer retainment and using word of mouth marketing are also major focuses of Bain & Company. If you work for the company, you should know that it is notorious for its secrecy. For instance, clients are assigned codenames and all employees are required to sign nondisclosure contracts that forbid them to reveal the names of the company’s clients. Bain & Company is also highly selective about where they find their employees, choosing to focus on those who hold MBAs from the top-rated business schools such as Harvard and the University of Michigan.
Facebook is the American-based social media and social networking giant with its offices located in Menlo Park, California. Started by a group of Harvard College students, including its current CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg, the website was originally limited to students who attended Harvard before expanding to other Ivy League schools along with Stanford. It eventually allowed students from any university and high school to join. As of January 2018, Facebook has over 2.2 billion active members and has had a major impact on the world in terms of news and information, a fact that has generated significant controversy. In 2018, Glassdoor named Facebook the #1 company to work for after ranking #2 the previous year. The company offers free meals, fun workspaces, and even access to Mark Zuckerberg. But more importantly, the reason Facebook tops the list is because the company truly values its employees. The employees are encouraged to follow their own career goals and Facebook does everything to help them identify projects that they would find fulfilling. Employees are supported outside of work as well, with expected mothers and fathers both receiving paid leave. The employees respond to this through their hard work and high retention rates.