Glassdoor, online jobs & career community, has just revealed its fifth yearly Employees’ Choice Awards, listing the 50 best workplaces in the coming year. Employees’ Choice Awards, unlike most office-related awards that require organizations to self nominate, solely relies on employees’ input who anonymously give feedback via a survey. Although many companies have employees worldwide, this survey goes only to workers in the United States.
The ranking of the best companies was established by taking cumulative standard ratings from the 500,000 employees, who answered the 18-question survey in the period from 24 November, 2011 to 13 November, 2012. The survey asks workers to rate how satisfied they are with their company generally and the key workplace factors like career opportunities, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, senior management, values and culture.
Glassdoor spokesman, Samantha Zupan says that choosing where to work is among the most stressful decision that one can make, and it is natural for individuals to want more information on the company for them to make better decisions. He further says that being recognized by workers as the “Best Workplace” is not a small achievement and the companies listed in the top 50 are highly respected as this is a reflection of their obligation to employees to establish a positive as well as an enjoyable workplace.
On the top of the list of best workplaces was Facebook, for the second time, with a general company rating of 4.7 of the possible 5. Facebook offers amazing perks as well as benefits that help workers with their private lives, including free food and transportation, paid vacation days, 4,000 dollars in cash for fresh parents, day care reimbursement, dry cleaning and photo processing. However, employees also commented positively about the chance to impact a billion individuals, trust in Mark Zuckerberg who is their chief executive and the company’s continued obligation to its hacker culture.
The second company on the list is the global management consulting company, McKinsey & Co. with a company rating of 4.5. This company strives to offer its employees unrivaled growth opportunities. Zupan says that this company continues to be among the highest rated employers in the world for the past 5 years.
Rounding the top 3 is the San Francisco-based tech company, Riverbed, with a company rating of 4.5. Zupan said that this company got high ratings this year since employees described it as a fast growing and an exciting company whose senior leaders are obligated to transparency, as well as a place with fun activities that support family involvement.
What Companies Should Do To Retain or Earn a Position on the List
Zupan explains that it is important to know that every company is distinctive and what works for a certain company to attract and retain top talent might not work for another. However, it should be noted that the perks and preference enjoyed by employees influence their satisfaction in the job. This kind of insight coupled with feedback from the company’s employees can assist an employer in understanding the attributes that are attractive to workers and potential recruits.
Zupan stated there were some common themes amongst the Employees’ Choice Award winners in 2013, including opportunities for career advancement, solid company cultures, and a comprehensible understanding of the business priorities of the company.