It's official. Facebook Inc. has trumped the likes of Apple and Google to emerge as the most sought-after tech company to work for in the United States in 2017.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, career website Glassdoor released its ninth annual Best Places to Work 2017 Employees' Choice list, which is composed of 50 companies, to reveal that Facebook has emerged as the numero uno workplace choice for people in the tech sector in 2017.
Since the employees themselves vote for the best place to work, this is no mean feat for Facebook.
"Company culture and the employee experience are critical considerations for job seekers everywhere when deciding where to work. To help, the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards recognize companies that truly stand out as Best Places to Work because they're purely determined by the authentic voice of those who really know a company best – the employees," revealed Robert Hohman, Glassdoor's CEO and co-founder.
The United States had two categories – the 50 Best Places to Work and the 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For.
The 50 Best Places to Work in 2017 category saw global management consulting firm Bain & Company take home the top honors. The second spot was occupied by Facebook with a rating of 4.5 out of a maximum of five as opposed to Bain & Company's 4.6. The top 5 in this category was rounded up by BCG, Google and World Wide Technology.
Twenty tech companies made it to the top 50 Best Places to Work in 2017 list. Here is the list of the tech companies that made the cut.
Facebook (#2 overall, rating of 4.5)
Google (#4 overall, rating of 4.4)
World Wide Technology (#5 overall, rating of 4.4)
Fast Enterprises (#6 overall, rating of 4.4)
LinkedIn (#8 overall, rating of 4.4)
Adobe (#9 overall, rating of 4.3)
Paylocity (#14 overall, rating of 4.3)
SAP (#15 overall, rating of 4.3)
MathWorks (#16 overall, rating of 4.3)
Salesforce (#17 overall, rating of 4.3)
Intuit (#20 overall, rating of 4.3)
DocuSign (#23 overall, rating of 4.3)
Concur (#24 overall, rating of 4.3)
Akamai (#25 overall, rating of 4.3)
Zillow (#29 overall, rating of 4.2)
NVIDIA (#30 overall, rating of 4.2)
Airbnb (#35 overall, rating of 4.2)
Apple (#36 overall, rating of 4.2)
Microsoft (#37 overall, rating of 4.2)
Texas Instruments (#42 overall, rating of 4.2)
Curiously, the top-ranked tech company to work for in 2016 – AirBnb plummeted to number 35 in the rankings.
What Made Facebook Popular
According to the data garnered by Glassdoor, Facebook rose in the rankings (from number 5 in 2016) and topped the tech category as it offered its employees a great work-life balance – 3.8 on a scale of one to five. This score, however, was lower than Google's 4.1.
However, Facebook scored well in the context of compensation and benefits offered to employees, such as transportation or free meals, vis-à-vis Google.