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Fortune Announces Best Places to Work: How does it compare?

As some of you may know in late December 2008, Glassdoor announced the Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work award. Today, Fortune has announced their annual 100 Best Places to Work For. See below the top 50 companies that made their list and the top 50 companies that made the Glassdoor list.

Here are some of the highlights when comparing the top 50 Best Places to Work:

  • Only 30% of companies recognized by Fortune made it into Glassdoor’s employee-selected top 10 companies
  • 11 companies make both Glassdoor and Fortunes Top 50 Best Places to Work (see those highlighted in yellow)
  • Glassdoor’s #1 Best Place to Work, General Mills, falls to 99th place on Fortune’s list
  • Fortune’s #1 Best Place to Work, NetApp, makes the 10th spot on Glassdoor’s list

It’s surprising to see that eBay pops up on Fortune’s Top 100 list as a Best Place to Work. Based on the company ratings available at Glassdoor, eBay was actually one of the lowest rated companies according to employees. Currently eBay receives a modest 2.8 company rating and CEO John Donahoe garners a low 20% approval rating. (eBay ranked 83rd on the Fortune list)

Glassdoor 50 Best Places to Work Fortune Best Places to Work
Rank Company Company
1 General Mills NetApp
2 Bain & Company Edward Jones
3 Netflix Boston Consulting Group
4 Adobe Google
5 Northwestern Mutual Wegmans Food Markets
6 Whole Foods Cisco Systems
7 Google Genentech
8 SAP Methodist Hospital System
9 Continental Airlines Goldman Sachs
10 NetApp Nugget Market
11 Intuit Adobe
12 McKinsey & Company Recreational Equipment (REI)
13 FactSet Devon Energy
14 Boston Consulting Robert W. Baird
15 Procter & Gamble W.L. Gore & Associates
16 Caterpillar QUALCOMM
17 Genentech Principal Financial Group
18 CareerBuilder Shared Technologies
19 Apple OhioHealth
20 Juniper Networks SAS
21 Marriott Arnold & Porter
22 NIKE Whole Foods
23 Ernst & Young Global Zappos
24 MITRE Starbucks
25 Chevron Johnson Financial Group
26 Goldman Sachs Aflac
27 Nordstrom QuikTrip
28 Citrix Systems PCL Construction Enterprises
29 Schlumberger Quicken Loans
30 Booz Allen Hamilton Bingham McCutchen
31 National Instruments CarMax
32 Novell Container Store
33 PricewaterhouseCoopers JM Family Enterprises
34 American Express Umpqua Bank
35 Cisco Systems Kimley-Horn & Associates
36 USAA Alston & Bird
37 EMC TDIndustries
38 Capital One Microsoft
39 QUALCOMM Paychex
40 MetLife EOG Resources
41 Lockheed Martin Camden Property Trust
42 Texas Instruments Plante & Moran
43 US Army Rackspace Hosting
44 Deloitte NuStar Energy
45 Wells Fargo King’s Daughters Medical Cntr.
46 Best Buy American Fidelity Assurance
47 DreamWorks Animation SKG
48 Accenture Mattel
49 FedEx Intuit
50 Paychex Burns & McDonnell

What makes Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list different to Fortune’s you ask?

Well first and foremost, the companies that make the Glassdoor Best Places to Work list are all entirely based on the rave company reviews and ratings from the people who know them best, the employees.  Unlike other workplace lists and awards, there’s no self nomination process.  The final ranking is determined by overall rating on Glassdoor for those companies that meet the eligibility requirements. If you are interested in learning more about the Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2009 list, please visit:,19.htm.