This Is Hands Down the Best Company in America to Work For

Like it or not, most of us have to get up and go to work every day. Whether heading to the office is a struggle or joy depends a lot on where we work. The best companies value their employees, pay them fairly, and provide ways for them to grow in their careers. Bad employers have a toxic culture, few opportunities for growth, stingy salaries, and subpar benefits. The challenge for job seekers is separating the wheat from the chaff.

Glassdoor, a job listing and employer review site, makes finding a job that doesn’t make you miserable a bit easier. In addition to a wealth of anonymous reviews, it also produces annual rankings of the best places to work. This year’s Employees’ Choice Award winners prove it’s possible to find a great place to work no matter what your field and where you live.

To determine the Employees’ Choice Award winners, Glassdoor analyzed more than 2.1 million anonymous company reviews submitted on the site over the past year. Companies were then ranked according to Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm. To be ranked, a company needed at least 75 approved reviews from U.S.-based employees and at least 1,000 employees. (Smaller employers were ranked separately.)

These are the 50 best companies to work for in America, according to Glassdoor. (Comments on what it’s like to work at each company are from Glassdoor reviews.)

50. Wegmans Food Markets

A man shops at a Wegmans supermarket.

Wegmans is a family-owned supermarket. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.2

Wegmans is an independent, family-owned grocery store chain with 92 stores in six East Coast states. It has more than 47,000 employees and is known for its employee-friendly culture, including a program that doles out $4.5 million in scholarships to workers every year.

What it’s like to work there: “Customer service is so important for companies, and Wegmans realizes that in order for their employees to give good service, they have to be happy in their job.”

49. Gensler

  • Rating: 4.2

Gensler is an architecture and design firm with more than 5,000 employees in 46 offices around the world. Recent projects include the Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building, and interior design for Facebook’s headquarters.

What it’s like to work there: “Fast-paced atmosphere with wonderful people who are eager to help teach younger staff. The benefits are great, and you have access to a variety of great resources.”

48. QuikTrip

QuikTrip

QuikTrip is good to its employees. | QuikTrip via Facebook

  • Rating: 4.2

QuikTrip is a gas station and convenience store chain with more than 700 stores in 11 states. Its headquarters are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it has more than 19,700 employees. Average pay for a clerk is a bit over minimum wage, at $9.38 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

What it’s like to work there: “Full benefits, excellent full-time weekly hours, set schedule, focused on employee growth and well being.”

47. E&J Gallo Winery

  • Rating: 4.2

This family-owned winery in Modesto, California, was founded in 1933. The largest winery in the world, its products include Barefoot Wines, Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers, and LaMarca prosecco. It has 6,000 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “Fantastic people, fascinating industry, fast-paced, high level of employee engagement. As an employee, you’re able to have a significant direct impact on the business and the company’s success.”

46. Aegis Living

  • Rating: 4.2

Privately owned Aegis Living operates 28 senior living communities in Washington, California, and Nevada. The company is headquartered in Oceanside, California.

What it’s like to work there: “Management truly cares about our employees, and when our employees are supported, loved, and fulfilled, they can provide heartfelt care to our residents.”

45. Ikea

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IKEA employees receive good benefits. | Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.2

Ikea, the ubiquitous home furnishing retailer, operates 328 stores in 28 countries. More than 155,000 people work for the Swedish-based company, including 20,000 in the Americas.

What it’s like to work there: “Flexible, very friendly environment with co-workers. Great benefits including health/education assistance and holiday/social gatherings. Great environment for working moms.”

44. Mayo Clinic

  • Rating: 4.2

The Mayo Clinic’s main campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is the best hospital in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. The nonprofit medical system also has locations in Phoenix and Jacksonville, Florida.

What it’s like to work there: “The company offers excellent benefits. It provides a variety of departments, which allows employees the flexibility to move around the company. The employees understand and respect diversity.”

43. Raising Cane’s

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Raising Cane’s specializes in chicken fingers. | iStock.com

  • Rating: 4.2

You won’t find burgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, or other fast food staples on the menu at Raising Cane’s. This fast-food chain specializes in just one item: chicken fingers. It was founded in 1996 in Louisiana and now has more than 300 locations across the U.S.

What it’s like to work there: “Many opportunities to move up. Awesome management. Good pay and vacations.”

42. Texas Instruments

  • Rating: 4.2

Texas Instruments is a semiconductor design and manufacturing company headquartered in Dallas. It employs 35,000 people worldwide and makes items, including digital projectors and graphing calculators.

What it’s like to work there: “The culture at TI is awesome. The environment is laid back, and the people you get to work with are always willing to help out when needed.”

41. BASF Corporation

  • Rating: 4.2

BASF Corporation is a chemical company headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. It’s an affiliate of German company BASF SE and has 17,500 U.S. employees. Products it manufactures are used in everything from shoes to airplanes.

What it’s like to work there: “Values its employees’ well being, great benefits, market place discounts, global presence allows for more opportunities to grow your career.”

40. Space Exploration Technologies

Imaginary view of the Earth in outer space

SpaceX manufactures spacecraft. | iStock.com/titoOnz

  • Rating: 4.2

Space Exploration Technologies — better known as SpaceX — designs, manufactures, and launches rockets and other spacecraft. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk and currently has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to fly cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station. The company has more than 4,000 employees and is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.

What it’s like to work there: “Incredible responsibility and literally an out-of-this-world mission. Great comp and benefits. Great leadership. Kickass mission and the ability to work with some incredibly talented people.”

39. FedEx Freight

  • Rating: 4.2

FedEx Freight, a division of FedEx, offers less-than-truckload and other freight services to businesses. Its headquarters are in Memphis, and it has more than 40,000 employees worldwide.

What it’s like to work there: “Good salary, excellent benefits, great equipment, and the best management.”

38. Lululemon

happy people doing lunge exercise in gym

At Lululemon, employees get free gym passes. | iStock.com/dolgachov

  • Rating: 4.2

Lululemon’s lines of yoga clothes and other athletic apparel have a dedicated following, and the company embraces a culture of “self-empowerment, positive inner-development and living a life of possibility.” The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, but has stores across the U.S.

What it’s like to work there: “Great company and corporate culture. Lots of perks like free workouts at surrounding gyms and studios.”

37. Microsoft

  • Rating: 4.2

Millions of people use Microsoft products every day, from office workers using Word to gamers firing up their Xboxes. The company — which has its headquarters in Redmond, outside of Seattle — has more than 113,000 employees worldwide, including 64,000 in the U.S.

What it’s like to work there: “Competitive salary, good community involvement, strong global presence, great products, cares about employees.”

36. Apple

  • Rating: 4.2

There might be no hotter company than Apple. The maker of the iPhone is the most valuable brand in the world, according to Forbes, with a worth of roughly $154 billion. Its headquarters are in Cupertino, California, but its employees work around the world, including at its many retail locations or remotely as at-home advisers.

What it’s like to work there: “Great pay and bonuses. Excellent health care benefits and work environment. Every individual is responsible for his/her work, when at the same time, everyone is part of a team.”

35. Airbnb

Apple iPhone 6s plus with Airbnb application on the screen

Airbnb has changed how people travel. | iStock.com/OhmZ

  • Rating: 4.2

Over 60 million people have booked accommodations in more than 34,000 cities worldwide on Airbnb since it was founded in 2008. The company is based in San Francisco and has 19 offices around the world.

What it’s like to work there: “Everyone is genuinely smart, enthusiastic, and friendly. The employees deeply care about the company mission and the well-being of the Airbnb community.”

34. Costco Wholesale

  • Rating: 4.2

Costco has long had a reputation as an employee-friendly company, with both full- and part-time employees eligible for benefits, such as affordable health care premiums and a 401(k) with employer-matching contributions. Hourly pay ranges from $13 to $22 per hour.

What it’s like to work there: “People matter here. The culture is casual, and job security is strong. Many managers and areas take employee development to heart.”

33. Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s employees are always smiling. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.2

The always-smiling employees at Trader Joe’s have reason to be happy. The average wage at the California-based specialty grocery store chain is just under $14 per hour. The company offers benefits, such as paid time off and a 401(k), and it often promotes from within.

What it’s like to work there: “Co-workers treat each other like family. Exceptional customer service standards, amazing management, and company allows people to shine as individuals.”

32. Genentech

  • Rating: 4.2

Biotechnology company Genentech (a division of Roche) researches, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for a number of serious medical conditions. The company’s products include Boniva, Valium, and Xolair. Its headquarters are in Oceanside, California, and it has 13,300 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “Great benefits (including long maternity leave), good team environment, flexibility with schedule, people are really passionate, intelligent and driven.”

31. Keller Williams

  • Rating: 4.2

Keller Williams, a real estate franchise company, has its headquarters in Austin, Texas, and has more than more than 139,000 associates working in 790 market centers around the globe. It has more agents than any other real estate franchise business in the world.

What it’s like to work there: “Support from leadership. Great training. Lovely people and very friendly office. Great meetings and learning opportunities.”

30. NVIDIA

NVIDIA supercomputer

A man takes a picture of the NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer. | Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.2

Gamers know NVIDIA, which designs GPUs for the gaming market, as well as the professional visualization, data center, and automotive markets. The company has 9,200 employees around the world, and its headquarters are in Santa Clara, California.

What it’s like to work there: “This is an exciting, fun, place to work, where co-workers are intelligent, driven, and passionate about what they do.”

29. Zillow

  • Rating: 4.2

Online real estate marketplace Zillow connects buyers and sellers with a range of home-related information. The Seattle-based company was founded in 2006 and has more than 1,200 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “Innovative, fast moving, fast growing company with great people who love to come to work every day.”

28. Southwest Airlines

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Employees receive excellent benefits at Southwest. | Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.3

Southwest Airlines frequently shows up on lists of the best air carriers in the U.S., and its cheerful employees are one of the reasons. The nation’s largest domestic airline (in terms of passengers boarded) has more than 50,000 employees and hired 6,370 new employees in 2015.

What it’s like to work there: “Flight benefits, amazing 401(k) matching, many insurance options, and a great company culture. You can tell they really value their employees.”

27. HEB

  • Rating: 4.3

HEB is an independent Texas grocery chain founded in 1905. The company has 340 stores in the Lone Star State and Mexico and more than 76,000 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “The culture is fantastic, partners work hard, and everyone seems to understand how their role fits to the success of the company.”

26. Johnson & Johnson

  • Rating: 4.3

Johnson & Johnson is best known for its iconic consumer products, such as baby shampoo, Band-Aids, and Tylenol. But this massive company, which has more than 125,000 employees in 60 countries, also makes medical devices and prescription drugs through its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies division.

What it’s like to work there: “This company fosters a great teamwork atmosphere and allows for plenty of growth opportunities. Working here provides me with a sense of security and pride that what I do here impacts our customers.”

25. Akamai

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Employees at Akamai help to keep you safe online. | iStock.com

  • Rating: 4.3

Akamai provides content delivery network services. In other words, it helps make sure you can safely and securely browse the internet, stream video, and do other cool stuff online. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company was founded in 1998 and has more than 6,100 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “I have never worked with so many smart and talented individuals who are always willing to help each other out.”

24. Concur

  • Rating: 4.3

Concur provides integrated travel and expense management services and solutions to businesses. It’s part of SAP (which also appears on this list), and its headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington.

What it’s like to work there: “Good growth opportunities as a professional. Awesome work-life balance. Great people and co-workers.”

23. DocuSign

people on computers

People can sign documents from anywhere with DocuSign. | iStock.com/BernardaSv

  • Rating: 4.3

San Francisco-based DocuSign provides technology that allows people to sign documents from anywhere. The company has more than 100 million users in 188 countries

What it’s like to work there: “Growing company, amazing people, good work-life balance, and lots of opportunities for career growth and development.”

22. Memorial Sloan Kettering

  • Rating: 4.3

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a cancer treatment center in New York City. It’s the world’s oldest private cancer center and has a staff of nearly 13,000. U.S. News & World Report has named it one of best cancer hospitals in the country.

What it’s like to work there: “Very intelligent, friendly and team-oriented group of people. I love working for MSK. There is a great sense of pride and responsibility to our patients and ensuring things get done right.”

21. Delta Air Lines

  • Rating: 4.3

Delta is the third-largest airline in the U.S., responsible for nearly 17% of all passenger miles flown in 2016, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Its headquarters are in Atlanta, and it has 80,000 employees around the world.

What it’s like to work there: “Challenging, fast-paced industry, and Delta treats employees well. Good compensation and great benefits. Diverse work environment and everyone loves travel. Good opportunities to advance.”

20. Intuit

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Software company Intuit helps people with their taxes. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.3

Intuit makes small business and tax software, including QuickBooks and TurboTax. The company, which has its headquarters in Mountain View, California, encourages people to balance work and their personal life, embracing a culture of “working efficiently to get work done,” and encouraging each employee to “give yourself time to do what matters outside of business hours.”

What it’s like to work there: “Everyone is encouraged to innovate — not just engineers. It’s expected, it’s supported and we cherish the learnings — good or bad. We have some of the brightest people I’ve ever worked with in my career.”

19. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  • Rating: 4.3

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — better known as the Mormon church — is the only religious denomination to appear on Glassdoor’s list. Everyone who works for the LDS church must be a temple-worthy church member, and employees are able to “use their talents, experience, and professional skills to help build the Lord’s kingdom.”

What it’s like to work there: “Many opportunities to do good things for others. The culture is very family oriented. There’s a general feeling of common purpose and teamwork.”

18. Forrester

Cambridge, Massachusetts, view from sky

Tech and market research company Forrester is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. | iStock.com/GrandviewGraphics

  • Rating: 4.3

Forrester is a technology and market research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to traditional benefits, such as insurance, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and an employee stock purchase plan, Forrester also offers its workers some quirkier perks, including free piano lessons, veterinary pet insurance, and onsite massages.

What it’s like to work there: “You have an opportunity to make a difference, take charge of your own career and aspirations. The culture is one that fosters accountability and action in all of us.”

17. Salesforce

  • Rating: 4.3

San Francisco-based Salesforce is a cloud computing company that provides customer relationship management and other cloud services to a range of businesses. The company has more than 30 offices around the world.

What it’s like to work there: “My co-workers are smart, motivated, and talented. We have fun! And the culture is not one of the 60 to 90 hour work weeks. People here are more mature.”

16. MathWorks

  • Rating: 4.3

MathWorks makes mathematical computing software, including Matlab and Simulink. Its headquarters are in Natick, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1984 and has more than 3,000 employees in 15 countries.

What it’s like to work there: “Just an amazing place full of smart and passionate people that want to do the right thing. Very positive and constructive culture. Management team truly lead by the values they preach.”

15. SAP

SAP headquarters

SAP is one of the largest software companies in the world. | Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

  • Rating: 4.3

SAP, a German-based multinational firm, is one of the largest software companies in the world. It makes enterprise software that helps businesses manage operations and customer relations and has more than 82,000 employees working in over 130 countries.

What it’s like to work there: “A lot of career growth opportunities and the ability to move into new roles and new groups. A company that truly values its employees and treats them well. Great benefits.”

14. Paylocity

  • Rating: 4.3

Paylocity makes cloud-based payroll and HR software for midsized companies. It’s based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

What it’s like to work there: “Paylocity values employees and creates a culture that allows employees to be happy and comfortable at work. Paylocity still feels like a small business even with rapid growth. Fun and upbeat place to work.”

13. Nestlé Purina PetCare

Little dog maltese and black and white cat eating food from a bowl in home

Animals enjoy the products of Nestlé Purina PetCare. | iStock.com/humonia

  • Rating: 4.3

St. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare is a subsidiary of massive food company Nestlé S.A. The company, which makes pet food and other pet products, also has international headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Sydney, Australia, as well as numerous manufacturing plants and sales offices across the U.S. Perks include the ability to bring your pet with you to work, discounted Purina and Nestle products at the company store, and an onsite dog park.

What it’s like to work there: “Competitive salaries, encouraged work-life balance, professional development, and a great culture that makes ‘big’ feel personal and family friendly.”

12. Clorox

  • Rating: 4.3

Oakland, California-based Clorox makes bleach and other cleaning products, as well as food products (including Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and KC Materpiece barbecue sauce), Burt’s Bees personal care products, and Kingsford-brand charcoal. The company has about 8,000 employees around the world.

What it’s like to work there: “Great learn and grow culture with emphasis on work-life balance. The people are great and foster a mentoring environment.”

11. McKinsey & Company

  • Rating: 4.3

McKinsey is a management consulting company with more than 20,000 employees worldwide, including 10,000 consultants. Consultants work directly with the company’s clients to improve their business or organization. A job with McKinsey is often a stepping stone to a lucrative and successful career in business, and positions are highly competitive. Out of 225,000 applications it receives each year, it might make job offers to just 1%, according to The Ladders.

What it’s like to work there: “Smartest people, best projects, truly incredible internal support staff. McKinsey is defined by a set of values, not a book of rules.”

10. Power Home Remodeling

Joanna Gaines designs a home on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

They might not be Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines, but employees at Power Home Remodeling help people upgrade their homes.  | HGTV.com

  • Rating: 4.3

Power Home Remodeling provides home upgrade and remodeling services, including new windows, siding, roofs, insulation, and solar panel installation. It has more than 1,750 employees and is based in Chester, Pennsylvania, with locations in nine major U.S. cities.

What it’s like to work there: “The career growth opportunity is outstanding. Everyone in the office genuinely cares about each other and wants to see you be successful.”

9. Adobe

  • Rating: 4.3

Adobe Systems makes software for design, marketing, and document management, including Acrobat Reader and Adobe Creative Cloud. Its headquarters are in San Jose, California, and it has more than 14,000 employees worldwide.

What it’s like to work there: “Great company culture, benefits, and overall atmosphere to work. People are very open, knowledgeable and potential for advancement is very much available.”

8. LinkedIn

LinkedIn office

At LinkedIn, employees enjoy great benefits. | Glassdoor

  • Rating: 4.4

LinkedIn, a professional social networking site, has its headquarters in Mountain View, California, but has dozens of offices across the country and around the world. The company has been growing at a rapid clip. In 2010, it had just 500 employees. Today, it employs more than 10,000.

What it’s like to work there: “They truly invest in the professional development of employees. Very proactive at making sure that you’re in a role you want to be in. Their benefits are fantastic.”

7. In-N-Out Burger

  • Rating: 4.4

Cult favorite burger chain In-N-Out is known for its simple menu and employee-friendly working environment. Both full- and part-time workers get benefits, such as health insurance, paid vacation, and a 401(k) with company matching. The average worker earns about $12 an hour, according to Glassdoor. The company promotes from within and offers flexible scheduling to accommodate student employees and other workers.

What it’s like to work there: “In-N-Out offers great training, competitive pay, and awesome benefits. It really feels like you’re working for a family owned business.”

6. Fast Enterprises

  • Rating: 4.4

Fast Enterprises provides technology and software solutions for revenue-collecting government agencies, such as departments of revenue, unemployment insurance agencies, and DMV offices. The company is based in Centennial, Colorado, and has doubled its workforce in just over two years, expanding to more than 1,000 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “The family atmosphere makes working together as a team satisfying and successful, as well as the out of office adventures and team building. I have met a lot of different and unique people after being with FAST for 10 years.”

5. World Wide Technology

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Employees at World Wide Technology work with businesses on tech integration. | iStock.com/jacoblund

  • Rating: 4.4

World Wide Technology is a systems integration company with roughly 3,700 employees in 2015, up from 1,400 in 2011. Its headquarters are in St. Louis, and it works with companies, including Boeing, AT&T, and Microsoft, on technology integration projects. It’s No. 45 on Forbes’ list of the largest privately held companies in the U.S.

What it’s like to work there: “Flexible and fair with their employees, they are open to change, they focus on leadership and employee development, they have amazing benefits [and], there are lots of career opportunities.”

4. Google

  • Rating: 4.4

Though it’s a relatively young company (it was founded in 1998) Google has managed to fully integrate itself into the fabric of our everyday lives. The company’s search engine processes over 40,000 queries every second, and Gmail has more than 1 billion active users. The company has more than 61,000 employees and is one of the top companies millennials want to work for, according to the 2016 Millennial Career Survey.

What it’s like to work there: “Smart people, data-driven decisions and culture, a mission I can feel good about when I go to sleep every night. This is as good as it gets.”

3. Boston Consulting Group

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This company offers a collaborative environment. | iStock.com/Szepy

  • Rating: 4.4

Boston Consulting Group is a management consulting firm with more than 12,000 employees working out of 85 hours in 48 countries. Its clients include some of the biggest companies in the world.

What it’s like to work there: “Great career progression, opportunity to learn, collaborative culture, very smart teams, great benefits.”

2. Facebook

  • Rating: 4.5

Facebook is known for its innovative culture and employee perks, including free transportation to and from work, complimentary snacks, and generous maternity and paternity leave. The company has more than 10,000 employees, and six-figure salaries are the norm, according to Glassdoor.

What it’s like to work there: “From its openness to its diversity, Facebook has truly surpassed all tech companies in terms of culture, perks, and employee lifestyle.”

1. Bain & Company

  • Rating: 4.6

Bain & Company is one of the “big three” management consulting firms in the U.S. (McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group, also on this list, are the others.) The company’s consultants work with major corporations and nonprofits to help them achieve results. Bain has 53 offices in 34 countries and more than 6,000 employees.

What it’s like to work there: “Your colleagues are legitimately smart and always interested in helping you progress your career. Pay is generous and grows quickly if you do well. Company culture is unparalleled.“

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