Each December, salary comparison and job search site Glassdoor takes a look at the best places to work for the coming year, and the resulting list provides a snapshot of what employees experienced over the past twelve months, and what they’re hoping for in the ones to come.
To determine the best places to work, Glassdoor looks at company reviews provided by employees between November 13, 2013 and November 2, 2014, in which individuals are asked to consider and rate such factors as overall satisfaction, CEO leadership, career opportunities, compensation, and work-life balance.
Employees are also asked to weigh whether they would recommend a friend seek employment at their company, and their employer’s business outlook for the next six months. The final ranking is created using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm.
The companies on this ranking have 1,000 or more employees and represent a broad spectrum of industries and missions.
“This is the most diverse list by industry we’ve ever seen,” said Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman, noting that the top 50 includes fewer tech companies and more consulting, health care, consumer goods, and retail companies, as well as two auto companies. “I do think this is a sign of the broader recovery. Companies are doing well, employees are satisfied.”
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At the top of the list this year is Google GOOGL +0.05%. The search giant has been one of Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work for seven years but takes first place for the first time.
“Google stepped up their game in support of work-life balance and families,” said Hohman. “Increased maternity leave, increased paternity leave, reworked on-site daycare–they’ve really made an effort to allow people to have strong families as well as give their best to Google. That came through loud and clear and seems to be what pushed them over the edge this year.”
In-N-Out Burger also makes the list this year in spot number eight, joining the top 50 for the second time in three years after falling off in 2013. Though the jobs offered by the popular West Coast chain pay modestly for the most part, the company places a strong emphasis on development, which seems to be keeping employee satisfaction strong.
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“They pay a living wage, and they really focus on career development and opportunities for their employees,” said Hohman, “which is exactly what people taking that job want. Few people plan to do that job for the rest of their life, what they care about is growth. In-N-Out seems to understand that better than most.”