Employees’ Choice Unveiled: Glassdoor Announces Top Best Places to Work

Employees’ Choice Unveiled: Glassdoor Announces Top Best Places to Work

2008-12-29 21:39:49

Since launching early this year, nearly 75,000 employees have come to Glassdoor to anonymously contribute salary information and share opinions about their company’s work environment and rate their overall satisfaction. We decided to tabulate the results and see who rated highest… and lowest. We are proud to announce the ultimate Employees’ Choice Awards for Workplaces in our first annual Best Places to Work Top 50¹ list.

Congratulations to General Mills, which topped the list of companies rated by their employees with a 4.5 company rating (on a 5-point scale) while giving General Mills CEO Ken Powell a 96% approval rating. It’s not hard to see why when looking at reviews². One employee writes “I’m proud to work for GMI! They are good community partners, they genuinely care about diversity, and they are well respected as a company. They are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for and their pay/benefits are competitive. The headquarters…is rather impressive as well boasting an impressive cafeteria, health facility…You could probably live on campus if you wanted to. These amenities go a long way into making the real life more manageable so that you can focus on performing well at your job.”

Another General Mills employee adds this review:

Pros: Incredible work life balance! I started with General Mills many years ago in a interesting and challenging part-time position. Even during my part-time years, opportunities for growth were made available. Once my kids were older I returned to a full time schedule and pursued a management track.

Cons: The upsides of working for General Mills outweigh the downsides 100-1. The only observation I have is that General Mills is sometimes too good to their employees. The process for terminating an employee is so onerous that many managers just avoid it. Poor performers can linger for months or even years before someone takes action.

Advice to Senior Management: Outstanding company to work for!”

We know there are a number of lists out there where companies must nominate themselves and then spend considerable time and money to put together extraordinary marketing packets of information in hopes of being considered – let alone make the list. We’ve designed these awards with the same spirit of transparency on which we founded Glassdoor and think an award based exclusively on Employees’ Choice is an important reflection of that openness. (Particularly given the year we’ve all had!) In this first year, we’ve focused on companies that have U.S.-based employees because that’s where we have the most content to date, but we hope to expand the awards in the future to encompass other countries and companies with smaller employee bases. So without further ado, here are the 50 Best Places to Work according to the people who know best – their employees.

Glassdoor 50 Best Places to Work
Company Company
Rating
CEO CEO Approval
Rating (%)
General Mills

4.5

Ken Powell

96

Bain & Company

4.5

Orit Gadiesh

88

Netflix

4.4

Reed Hastings

100

Adobe

4.3

Shantanu Narayen

82

Northwestern Mutual

4.2

Edward J. Zore

98

Whole Foods

4.2

John P. Mackey

85

Google

4.1

Eric E. Schmidt

89

SAP

4.1

Henning Kagermann

75

Continental Airlines

4.1

Larry Kellner

79

NetApp

4.0

Dan Warmenhoven

79

Intuit

4.0

Brad D. Smith

78

McKinsey & Company

4.0

Ian Davis

85

FactSet

3.9

Philip A. Hadley

91

Boston Consulting

3.9

Hans-Paul Bürkner

71

Procter & Gamble

3.9

A.G. Lafley

86

Caterpillar

3.9

Jim Owens

85

Genentech

3.8

Art Levinson

94

CareerBuilder

3.8

Matt Ferguson

86

Apple

3.8

Steve Jobs

90

Juniper Networks

3.8

Kevin Johnson

n/a

Marriott

3.8

Bill Marriott Jr.

82

NIKE

3.8

Mark G. Parker

100

Ernst & Young Global

3.8

Jim Turley

79

MITRE

3.8

Alfred Grasso

53

Chevron

3.8

Dave O’Reilly

73

Goldman Sachs

3.8

Lloyd C. Blankfein

86

Nordstrom

3.8

Blake W. Nordstrom

75

Citrix Systems

3.7

Mark B. Templeton

77

Schlumberger

3.7

Andrew Gould

70

Booz Allen Hamilton

3.7

Ralph W. Shrader

61

National Instruments

3.7

James J. Truchard

74

Novell

3.7

Ron Hovsepian

64

PricewaterhouseCoopers

3.7

Sam DiPiazza Jr.

59

American Express

3.6

Ken Chenault

80

Cisco Systems

3.6

John T. Chambers

79

USAA

3.6

Joe Robles Jr.

83

EMC

3.6

Joe Tucci

60

Capital One

3.6

Rich Fairbank

68

QUALCOMM

3.6

Paul E. Jacobs

75

MetLife

3.6

Rob Henrikson

53

Lockheed Martin

3.6

Robert J. Stevens

63

Texas Instruments

3.6

Rich Templeton

64

US Army

3.6

Pete Geren III

50

Deloitte

3.5

Jim Quigley

64

Wells Fargo

3.5

John G. Stumpf

65

Best Buy

3.5

Brad Anderson

64

salesforce.com

3.5

Marc Benioff

69

Accenture

3.5

Bill Green

67

FedEx

3.5

Fred Smith

67

Paychex

3.5

Jon Judge

59

To find out more about the top 50 workplaces and read employee reviews of these companies, we invite you to visit: 2009 Employees’ Choice Awards. A complete copy of the Glassdoor survey along with additional information about the Glassdoor Best Places to Work methodology may be requested via email: BestPlacestoWork@glassdoor.com.

We look forward to seeing how these companies fare throughout 2009. Sending you best wishes and greater workplace transparency in the New Year!

¹To be eligible for the inaugural Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work companies must have received at least 25 reviews from U.S.-based employees who are currently employees or who were employed at some time during 2008, maintain an above 3.5 cumulative average overall and across eight workplace factors addressed in the company’s voluntary 20-question survey, and the CEO must have an approval rating higher than 50%.

²Glassdoor carefully reviews each ratings survey, company review and salary report submitted through its website and only those surveys and reports that are approved by the Glassdoor research team are eligible for the list.

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