Everybody wants to work for a company that values their employees, provides progression opportunities and pays a favourable salary, but until you’ve passed that interview and signed the contract, it’s hard to know what you’re letting yourself in for.
Luckily, job review platforms such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Indeed can give some insight. We’ve combed through the various rankings that these companies compile in order to give you a definitive idea of the very best.
So, if you’re looking to finally secure a job at a company you’ll love, here – based on desirability, engagement and retention – are the top companies to work for.
Average ranking: 14
As one of the largest telecommunications providers in the US (and, indeed, the world), AT&T needs a clear recognition and retention policy in order to keep its near 275,000-strong workforce happy.
They’ve evidently created one, with staff given special ‘paid time off’ on top of standard paid annual leave; there are also education grants, strong health insurance and retirement benefits, as well as discounts on AT&T products and services.
There are opportunities, too, across a whole range of roles and locations, as well as at AT&T’s subsidiary companies (including WarnerMedia, which was acquired in 2016), making it one of the top places to work within the US.
9. Boston Consulting Group
Average ranking: 13.56
Consistently ranked by employees as one of the best places to work in the world, Boston Consulting Group is a driven environment populated by like-minded, fiercely intelligent people. Therefore, if you are one of the lucky few to be accepted into the company (hint: an MBA might help), the potential rewards are plenty.
Perks and benefits include the usual array of grants, insurance contributions and even business school sponsorship for promising associates. You’ll need to perform well, though, as the company gets rid of anyone who fails to meet their promotion targets in a given timeframe.
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Average ranking: 13.25
The biggest accounting firm in the world (at the time of writing), Deloitte is renowned for its employee development programmes and training opportunities, as well as access and exposure to some of the biggest brands and companies on the planet. No surprise, then, that it lands a place in the top 10.
As with all professional services firms, the hours are long, and your work-life balance can take a hit, but if your career is your priority, then there are few better places to realise your potential. There are numerous benefits, including adoption grants, wellbeing subsidies and all the usual trimmings, too, so if you’re considering a career in accounting, Deloitte is a great place to start.
6. Google (tie)
Average ranking: 13.19
As of 2018, Google has over 98,000 global employees across its famously cool offices, and each one is a beneficiary of the company’s legendary perks and laidback culture.
Although free lunches and foosball tables are now considered the norm for any self-respecting tech startup, they were a revolutionary concept under Google. It’s not just about the on-site chefs, either. Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page conduct weekly Q&As with staff where nothing is off limits, as well as inviting a diverse range of guest speakers such as Ryan Reynolds and Lady Gaga to its offices.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are also free gyms and massage therapists on site, free shuttle services for its employees, health insurance, education reimbursements, museum and event discounts, community service programmes, and much more.
The biggest plus for employees, though, is creating, building and implementing software and hardware that has genuinely changed the way we live. Google only recruits the best, but if you can get your foot in the door, you will be surrounded by some of the greatest minds in the world day in and day out.
6. Facebook (tie)
Average ranking: 13.19
Like Google, Facebook is a cultural tech phenomenon that has changed the way we live and that has made its owner unbelievably rich (as well as even spanned a critically acclaimed Hollywood movie about its creation). It also turns out that Facebook is actually a pretty good place to work, too.
The social media giant offers technical and non-technical roles all over the world, with a huge emphasis on developing its people at a personal and management level – something hugely valued by its 30,000+ employees. Their offices, meanwhile, are exactly what you would expect them to be: free sweet shops, sleep pods and games arcades are present in abundance, with Facebook even encouraging staff to personalise their workspaces with graffiti and self-generated artwork.
5. In-N-Out Burger
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Average ranking: 13.13
Perceived as something of an overnight phenomenon in the fast food industry, In-N-Out Burger has actually been around since 1948. Its employee-focused business practices – including paying employees above the mandated starting minimum wage – has catapulted it into the limelight, though, with the company cultivating a highly loyal customer base.
As well as paying more than the likes of McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC, the company offers flexible hours, training opportunities and free meals. The incentive to develop professionally is huge, too, with restaurant managers at In-N-Out Burger making an average of $160,000 – far higher than the industry standard.
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Average ranking: 12.38
Although it rarely wins awards for popularity from customers, employees clearly feel differently. In particular, Comcast’s health insurance benefits – including much lower deductibles and increased employer spending – are especially appreciated by US employees.
That’s not all, either: employees are given free access to the company’s Xfinity Instant TV and internet services, as well as other product discounts, such as tickets to the Universal Orlando and Hollywood theme parks (of which Comcast are owners).
2. Apple (tie)
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Average ranking: 11.75
Technology giant? Check. Based in California? Check.
With an estimated market value of nearly $1 trillion (making it one of the biggest companies in the world) and an almost fanatical level of brand loyalty from its customers, there is no shortage of jobseekers looking to join the 130,000+ people currently employed at Apple.
The benefits of working for the company are endless, too. Great salaries, a mature office environment, highly intelligent peers, the company’s famous monthly ‘beer bashes’, the CV value, strong leadership, lack of micromanagement… the list is exhaustive. And all of this, of course, without mentioning every employee’s favourite perk: the discounts on the products. Whatever your skillset, you’re bound to find a hugely satisfying role at Apple.
2. Cisco (tie)
Average ranking: 11.75
Sharing second place is yet another California-based technology giant (are you starting to see the theme yet?). Cisco, though, is renowned for its role in the infrastructure side of tech, with 74,000 people across the world helping to maintain the running of its operations.
Cisco is a market leader in what it does, and employees enjoy having this globally recognised and respected brand on their CV, with many top IT qualifications issued by the company itself. They reimburse educational pursuits, as well as offer stock options and annual bonuses, while each team even has a ‘fun fund’ – a dedicated quarterly budget to be spent on social events and activities.
Average ranking: 7.38
Rapidly establishing itself and taking top spot (by some distance), though, is Salesforce.com, a cloud-based software firm headquartered in – yes, you guessed it – California.
For the 35,000 employees already working there, the biggest plus is undoubtedly the company’s much-heralded benefits package, with plenty of perks and generous amounts of time off. Salesforce.com is heavily involved in charity and volunteer work and encourages its employees to join in, too, resulting in even more time off for volunteer projects. With a strong emphasis on developing a productive and happy workforce, it’s no wonder Salesforce.com always scores highly in job satisfaction surveys.
So, there you have it. If you’re looking for a job that can give you immense satisfaction, the prospect of a long and interesting career, and some great perks to boot, then look no further than the companies above.
Do you work for any of these companies? If so, tell us what it’s really like in the comments below.
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 14 November 2017.