Glassdoor is a good tool for researching a potential employer. The site compiles anonymous reviews, ratings, and salary information from employees and allows individuals to access that information. The more you share about your current or past employer, the more access to information is granted.
In addition to the search and browse functionality, Glassdoor has assembled the latest reviews and ratings by employees, those submitted to the website between December 1, 2009 and December 1, 2010, and announced the 50 best places to work. Topping the list is Facebook, and that’s not a surprise. This company has been leading the charge by offering health compensation packages including ownership in the company which is currently valued ridiculously high, stealing the best employees from other companies in the sector like Microsoft and Google, and fostering a non-corporate atmosphere.
The next two companies on the list are Southwest Airlines and Bain & Company.
I find it interesting that these three companies, out of the thousands listed at Glassdoor, are the only companies to score higher than 4.0 out of 5 on the ratings scale. Add the companies that scored exactly 4.0, and the total is only nine. What this says to me is that although these companies may be the best places to work for, there are still more than enough dissatisfied employees. Possible offsetting this is what may be human nature for dissatisfied people to be more likely to write about their experiences than satisfied people.
Here is the list of the top ten.
- Southwest Airlines
- Bain & Company
- General Mills
- The Boston Consulting Group
- Slalom Consulting
- Susquehanna International Group
If you want to work for a company and you don’t mind relocating for your work if you don’t live near one of these employers now, this list is a good place to start.