Glassdoor, the website that allows employees to rate their
employers, released its
Best Places to Work
list for 2014. The results might be surprising, and sometimes, the
reviews don't bode well for big tech companies' ability to find the
best talent in a competitive field. Specifically, the appeal of
start-ups could make it harder (or more expensive) for
) to recruit the best and brightest.
The best place to work, according to this ranking, is Bain &
Company, the management consultant, replacing
), which dropped from one to five. In second place, and taking the
crown for top tech company, is
). This is very easy to believe, considering that the company just
1,600 rank-and-file employees into new
through its IPO. The anonymous reviews show that Twitter is a good
place for work/life balance, which is hard to come by in the
) was close behind.
As the schmaltzy video above shows, free food is a given in Silicon
Valley. But parsing through the employee reviews on Glassdoor, it's
apparently a mixed blessing. Some list it as a pro, and some as a
con. One Facebook employee listed "too much food" as his only
disagreement with the company. It's widely seen as a scheme to keep
you on the corporate campus for as long as possible.
Surprisingly, Google, a company that is so amazing to work for that
it has its own movie about being just an intern there, only ranks
eighth. Judging by the negative comments on the site, it seems that
the enforced workaholism is the biggest complaint for Googlers.
"I have seen way too many of the following: marriages fall apart,
colleagues choosing work and projects over family, colleagues
getting physically sick and ill because of stress, colleagues
crying while at work because of the stress, colleagues shooting out
emails at midnight, 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 3 a.m.," says one eight-year
Google veteran on Glassdoor. "It is absolutely ridiculous and
something needs to change."
One part of the survey that might be shocking is that Apple, which
#1, #5, #12 and #13 most beloved brands
in America, is only the 35th best place to work.
Keep in mind, however, that of the
80,300 full-time Apple employees out there, 42,800
are in retail
, making about $12-$18 per hour. These aren't the most fulfilling
jobs out there. Employees say that there is almost zero chance of
moving from the retail floor to corporate. This is the main
complaint from employees.
"After a certain point, the potential to develop beyond your
existing role became seemingly impossible. I was promoted twice and
then hit the 'glass ceiling' in my development," said one retail
Unfortunately, this is a common issue for retail workers. If you
remove those bad experiences, Apple might have a more obvious leg
up for recruiting top talent. Nevertheless, this Glassdoor ranking
shows a shift in the tech sector away from the biggest of the big
names toward somewhat newer, but stable companies like LinkedIn and