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VOL. 41 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 15, 2017

The best places to work in 2018

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For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.

“We know today’s job seekers are more informed than ever about where they go to work, researching everything from company culture to career opportunities to pay philosophy and more,” Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman explains. “To help people find companies that stand out from the pack, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards recognize employers that are truly Best Places to Work because they’re determined by those who really know best – the employees.”

The Glassdoor top company list is unique in workplace awards. It is based on the input of company employees who volunteer to provide anonymous feedback by completing a review about their company, job and work environment. This year, Glassdoor is featuring six categories, honoring the best places to work in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France and Germany.

The top 100 U.S. list of large companies (with more than 1,000 employees) has a number of very familiar names. Facebook leads the charge with the coveted No. 1 spot. Spots two through six are held by Bain & Co., Boston Consulting Group, In-N-Out Burger, Google and lululemon.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital also made the list at No. 9. A scientist at St. Jude loves working there because, “The people are fantastic and welcoming! It feels more like a family career than just a job. The researchers and facilities are top notch, and everything is collaborative.”

Three companies have now made the list for all 10 years: Bain, Google and Apple. Of these repeat nominations, Hohman says, “These employers have shown an impressive consistency and ability to keep their workforces engaged and satisfied. Amount these three employers, the common attribute they share is that they offer company cultures that are unique to them and what’s more, they offer a company culture that their employees truly believe in.”

The top 50 U.S. list of best small and medium companies (with less than 1,000 employees) includes Silverline at No. 1. New Home Star, New Century, Acceleration Partners and Zoom Video Communications took spots two through five. Other notable companies include social media tool Sprout Social and digital marketing agency Elite SEM. As one account lead shared, “The benefits are ridiculous. They sound too good to be true, but they’re not. Unlimited PTO, free lunch, free dinners if you work late, annual corporate retreat.”

One of the top factors that determines whether an employee wants to change jobs is often happiness and job satisfaction. During the interview process, it can be hard to tell which companies are healthy and which are struggling. Sites like Glassdoor provide insight into what’s really going on behind a company’s doors. And best of all, the reviews are left anonymously and the companies are not allowed to edit them. This means that you get the real scoop – directly from the employees. They’re like hotel reviews, but much more impactful to your future.

Angela Copeland, a career coach and founder of Copeland Coaching, can be reached at copelandcoaching.com.

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