In the ten years that Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards have been around, just six companies (some with repeated wins) have taken home the honor of being named the #1 Best Place to Work. But while a lot has changed over the past decade — the rise of smartphones, the increasing relevance of social media, the man bun trend — one thing that hasn’t is the fact that these six companies are all great places to work.
So if you’re in the market for a job, consider working at one of these proven winners.
Year as #1: 2009
Current Rating: 3.7
Details: General Mills was the first company to be crowned the #1 Best Place to Work in the inaugural year of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards. While their win was back in 2009, both early and current reviews of General Mills praised the company’s commitment to community, diversity and doing the right thing. On top of that, they offer competitive pay and benefits and an out-of-this-world HQ in Minneapolis featuring a fitness center, salon, coffee shop, deli and more.
Available Jobs at General Mills
Year as #1: 2010
Current Rating: 4.2
Details: Since Southwest secured the #1 position in 2010, the company has made Best Places to Work every year after. Reviews indicate this is largely due to the great people and excellent company culture the company has cultivated. “You are treated very well and like family,” says one current Flight Attendant. “The ‘culture’ is amazing, the employees are truly happy.” Another recurring theme was the excellent perks and benefits. Southwest offers “flight benefits, profit sharing and 401k match up to 9.1%,” one Senior FP&A Manager shares.
Available Jobs at Southwest Airlines
Year as #1: 2011, 2013, 2018
Current Rating: 4.6
Details: This year’s top Best Place to Work is no stranger to the #1 spot — 2018 marks the hat trick for Facebook. So what keeps employees so enamored with their employer year after year? Working with smart and innovative colleagues, career opportunities, a strong mission and transparent management, to name just a few. Oh, and did we mention the perks? Get ready for free meals and snacks, onsite health and dental centers, laundry services and four months of paid parental leave. “Ability to drive impact from day one. Incredibly lean teams, great management exposure, people bring their authentic selves,” a current Business Analyst says. “Fantastic wellness benefits, amazing restaurants on campus, great shuttle service throughout the Bay.”
Available Jobs at Facebook
Year as #1: 2012, 2014, 2017
Current Rating: 4.7
Details: Bain & Company is the only other company to have made the #1 spot on Best Places to Work three different times. On top of that, the company has also made the list every single year since the award first started. Employees thrive on the intellectually stimulating work, which is creative and challenging. “We work with change oriented executives to drive transformational change throughout organizations in the toughest areas. We work collaboratively with our clients and enable the organization from top to bottom to own and drive change,” says a current Manager. Employees — or Bainies, as they’re known — also mention the supportive nature of the workplace community. “For me, it’s the people that make Bain such a special place to work. Every day, I come into the office and I learn from people above, below, and at the same level as me,” a third current Manager says.
Available Jobs at Bain & Company
Year as #1: 2015
Current Rating: 4.4
Details: Things have changed a lot at Google over the past decade — their size, their product offerings, their logo… but despite these differences, their company culture is still just as strong as ever. “Working with some very smart, driven and effective colleagues is very engaging,” says a former employee. “The scale of work (big) is very motivating. Most clients or campaigns or businesses partners are the tops in their respective industries. As such you’re more likely than not to work with big budgets, large user figures, and hot technology.” On top of their awesome culture, Google also happens to be one of the highest-paying companies in 2017 — not too shabby!
Available Jobs at Google
Year as #1: 2016
Current Rating: 4.0
Details: Two words: travel coupons. Employees at Airbnb receive this awesome perk each quarter, which add up to $2,000 per year. But that’s certainly not the only great thing about Airbnb. “The company is generous, mission driven, and works hard to make employees heard,” says a current employee. “Great location, motivated and sincere people. Each time I strike up a conversation with someone new, I feel like I’ve made a friend. I can be my self, quirks and all, and am embraced.” Word on the street is that it’s an especially great place to work around the holiday season. “Holiday shutdown. Everyone gets off from Dec 20th till Jan 1st,” says a current Cloud Engineer.