Which Tech Company Is the Best to Work For?
It’s no secret that many of the top firms in the tech industry offer employees a variety of perks. No surprise, then, that when company review website Glassdoor put together its list of the top places to work based on pay and benefits, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) came in at No. 1.
Another recognizable company that made the list was Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), in third place. Software maker Adobe followed in fourth. Another 14 slots down, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) landed itself a place on the list. The reason why these firms made the list is that the companies offer generous benefits. When it comes to how employees rank the companies, the list comes out slightly differently, with LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) landing spots on that list.
While Glassdoor did not release a methodology or an explanation of how the experts put together the list, it’s pretty easy to figure out how these firms made the cut.
Google offers on-site medical services in addition to health benefits, travel insurance that extends to personal vacations, parental leave and benefits, tuition reimbursement, and access to legal services. Its benefits package is pretty extensive.
A Google senior software engineer wrote a review of the company on Glassdoor, praising these perks. “The company really takes care of us professionally and personally. The benefits are incredibly high. My team has been on offsites to Tahoe, Vegas, and Hawaii in the last year. The company creates an environment where you don’t really want to leave campus,” said the reviewer.
Facebook’s benefits vary by location, but common benefits in the United States include paid time off, health coverage paid 100 percent by the company, and parental leave.
A program manager at Facebook had high praise for the company. “Excellent benefits and employee perks — onsite healthcare, chiropractor, acupuncture, gym and many others I haven’t tried out yet. Another huge bonus for me is the support I have here as a woman in the tech community, it’s pretty amazing,” she wrote.
Adobe offers much of the same benefits in the forms of health coverage, time off, tuition reimbursement, and parental benefits, but also includes insurance perks to make other forms of coverage possible.
Microsoft has a lot of the same but also makes sure to mention its electric car charging stations and social clubs for employees, allowing people to bond over distinctly non-work interests.
Most of the companies listed have been named to these type of lists several times over. Salary.com’s version is also a technology industry-heavy list. Even Buzzfeed has compiled a list of companies with the best employee perks (Facebook and Google also made that list). The policy at technology firms seems to be that keeping employees happy keeps them productive.
As technology jobs are highly focused on products, productivity is essential to staying competitive in the market. For younger readers interested in working at one of these companies one day, Wired put out an infographic showing from which schools these and other companies are most likely to hire alums.