With perks aplenty, excellent pay and opportunities galore, Google has been crowned the No. 1 U.S. workplace in this year’s Glassdoor list of the 50 Best Places to Work.
What’s more, says an anonymous Google employee, “the company attracts some of the best talent and best people to work with in the world, which is the most important bit.”
The Mountain View company, which is among the 14 tech companies on the list, climbed seven spots from last year’s No. 8 ranking. It got a 4.5 out of 5 rating in the employee-driven survey, which is being published for the seventh year. Google has earned a spot on the list all seven years.
No. 2 on the list was last year’s No. 1: Bain & Co., a management consulting firm. The next tech company on the list is No. 4 F5 Networks, which is based in Seattle.
What about other Silicon Valley companies? Facebook is No. 13, down eight spots from last year. Twitter, which was No. 2 last year, failed to make the top 50 this year. And LinkedIn, which was No. 3 last year, dropped to No. 23.
Why the drops? At Facebook, “employees reported increased challenges with work-life balance, growing pains as the company hires more employees and pressure to constantly perform and move fast,” said Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman in an emailed statement.
More from Hohman: “When we look at why Twitter dropped off the list, we see that employees have reported losing some trust in senior leadership, which isn’t that surprising given its COO and other top executives have left the company within the past year. Additionally, employees reported internal reorganizations among product and engineering teams, along with seeing some talented colleagues leaving post-IPO.”
Other Silicon Valley tech companies on the list include Adobe (No. 18), Apple (22) and Nvidia (36).
Glassdoor for the first time has published a U.K. list of top 25 workplaces, and Google also was No. 1 on that list.
Glassdoor’s 2015 ratings are based on employee surveys on the website between November 2013 and November 2014. The surveys ask employees about the pros and cons of their jobs, their satisfaction with their opportunities, pay, benefits and more. Below is the U.S. list. To see Glassdoor’s complete survey, click here.
Above: Photo of workers at Google by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News archives