‘And The Winner Is…!’ GlassDoor Announces The Best Places To Work In 2014

December 12, 2013  |  

Last year, it was Facebook that was the highest-rated workplace in America. This year, Facebook plummeted down to fifth place and Bain & Company, a global strategy consultant firm, snatched the social network’s No.1 spot. Let’s talk about which companies slipped (or stepped up) on GlassDoor’s 2014 Best Places to Work!

Twitter, who wasn’t even on the list last year, managed to snag a cozy second place. “Plenty of awesome people to collaborate with and learn from,” one GlassDoor reviewer said about Twitter. “Good food” is a consensus among the comments as well. While there weren’t many cons at all, many reviewers noted that Twitter is losing its “startup feel” which is a detriment for the growing company.

LinkedIn launched itself into third place from last year’s 14th spot. The business-centered social network is ranked 4.6 out of 5 starts among GlassDoor’s reviewers. By the comments, you’d wonder if LinkedIn’s employees even work at all: “Free catered lunches, a plethora of snacks and drinks to choose from, ping-pong, foosball, team outings… these perks are just the icing on the cake.”

But all-in-all, employees believe its LinkedIn’s friendly workplace environment that make it one of the best places to work. Its downsides seem to mirrors some of Twitter’s cons which are the growing pains that the employees seem to be experiencing at the company.

If you’re wondering about Google, this company unfortunately dropped down two spots from No. 6 to No. 8. Many reviewers say that Google’s intelligent work environment fuels one’s inner-competitive nature. While this is beneficial for the company’s productivity, some have experienced too much pressure from such a cutthroat landscape.

“Sometimes you feel like a very small fish in a big sea. The promotion process isn’t the best. I’ve seen a number of people receive promotions who definitely didn’t deserve it, while others who do, get passed over.” one Google engineer stated.

Apple didn’t even make it to the top 10! The corporation slumped down one spot from 34 to 35. According to some reviews compiled by CNN Money, Apple lost its spot due to issues in the career mobility department. ” If you’re not the type to seize every opportunity, expect to be in the same position for a long time,” a Mac specialist lamented.

Reviewers also say that if you want to work at Apple, you’re going to have to actually love it. It’s not an easy job! “Not for the lazy or faint of heart,” one said. “Need to do it for reasons other than money,” an Apple campus rep noted. A front-end engineer explained that there was little work/life balance on the job — he noted working very long hours during product launches.

It seems like you can’t go wrong with tech companies, nearly 50 percent of GlassDoor’s list involve information technology. And what’s best about GlassDoor’s Best Places to Work list is that the top 50 are based purely on employee ratings. In this way, readers get a generally unbiased report on the most-loved workplaces in America.

Have you worked at any of these places? 

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