General Mills, Bain & Company and Netflix Top List, According to Their Employees

SAUSALITO, CALIF (December 30, 2008) —, a career and workplace community bringing greater transparency to company cultures and compensation, today released its first annual Employees’ Choice Awards1, listing the top 50 “Best Places to Work” based on surveys2 collected from employees at more than 11,000 companies operating in the United States. General Mills had the highest rating from its employees, followed closely by Bain & Company, Netflix, Adobe and Northwestern Mutual, which round out the top five companies on Glassdoor’s inaugural list.

“The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are truly unique in that they are based on the unbiased voices of the people who walk the halls every day and know these companies best,” said Robert Hohman, CEO and co-founder of “Despite the inherent challenges faced by most businesses today, reading just a handful of company reviews on makes it easy to see the attributes that make these top companies consistently stand out and distinguish themselves from the pack.”

Unlike many workplace-related awards that require companies to self nominate, Glassdoor relies solely on the input from employees. The ranking of the top 50 list was determined by each company’s overall rating 3 on Glassdoor, which is the cumulative average rating from employees who elected to participate in a 20-question survey that addresses key workplace factors, including work/life balance, career opportunities, communication, compensation and benefits, employee morale, recognition and feedback, senior leadership as well as fairness and respect.

General Mills’ rating was 4.5 and employees gave CEO Ken Powell a 96% approval rating. The complete list along with corresponding CEO approval rating is below.

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For more information about the awards and sample reviews from top companies, visit the Employees’ Choice Award webpage and the Blog. A complete copy of the Glassdoor survey along with additional information about the Best Places to Work methodology may be requested via email: For more information about Glassdoor and to read company reviews visit

1 To 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 current employees of the company or who were employed at some time during 2008, maintain a ‘satisfied’ or above cumulative average overall and across eight workplace factors addressed in the company’s voluntary 20-question survey, and the company’s CEO must have an approval rating higher than 50%.

2 Glassdoor 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.

3 The overall rating on is based on a 5-point scale with 5 being “extremely satisfied” and 1 being “extremely dissatisfied.”

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About is a career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time company reviews and ratings, salary details about specific jobs, or interview questions and reviews for specific employers — for free. Glassdoor was founded in 2007 and launched its public beta in June 2008. Glassdoor is headquartered in Sausalito, Calif. and was founded by Richard Barton, Robert Hohman and Tim Besse. To date, Glassdoor has raised $9.5 million from its founders, Benchmark Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures.

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