The Best Places to Work 2021: Great Employers Amidst COVID-19


January 13, 2021

The start of a new year is often a major job hunting time across the U.S., and the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened that pressure for job seekers. In January there are typically 20 percent more job applications started on Glassdoor than a typical month. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in 2021 highlights employers who stand out due to how they treated their employees over the past year, while a global pandemic affected how and where we work. The U.S. Large list in 2021 includes employers from a wide variety of industries, including technology, retail, travel & tourism, and healthcare.

Key Findings: 

  • There are over 85,000 open jobs as of December 7, 2020 at the 100 U.S. Large Best Places to Work in 2021. These jobs are located in over 500 different metros and include roles that are fully remote. 
  • COVID-19 was an influential part of this year’s Best Places to Work, with over half of the reviews from employees submitted during the pandemic. In addition, 97 of the 100 U.S. Large Best Places to Work in 2021 have some reviews that mention COVID-19 related keywords during the eligibility period.

Open Jobs at the U.S. Large Best Places to Work Winners

As of December 7, 2020, there are more than 85,000 open jobs at these top employers, with a diverse array of opportunities across skill sets, industries and more across the United States. These jobs are located in more than 500 U.S. metros, in addition to job postings for remote roles at the Best Places to Work. Glassdoor research shows people value working at companies with strong culture & values, quality senior leadership and access to career opportunities. 

How to Explore: This data visualization shows the metro areas in the U.S. where there are over 100 open jobs at a 2021 Best Places to Work employer. Click on a given metro to see how many open jobs are available. 

Best Places to Work Hiring Near You

Source: Glassdoor Economic Research

The metros with the highest number of open roles at the Best Places to Work in 2021 were New York City, San Jose, Seattle and San Francisco. However, there were just under 800 remote roles that didn’t list a location on their job postings, making this category of jobs rank among the top 20 in terms of metro areas with the most jobs at these companies. It’s clear that the current shift to remote work has had an impact on hiring decisions at some of these top employers.  

COVID-19 played a big role in the lives of job seekers and employees in 2020, and this was apparent when employees shared feedback about their employers on Glassdoor. More than half of the reviews that determined the Best Places to Work were submitted by employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 97 of the 100 U.S. Large Best Places to Work in 2021 have reviews that mention COVID-19 related keywords during the eligibility period. While approximately four percent of reviews at the 100 U.S. Large Best Places to Work mention COVID-19 related topics in the pros or cons section of their review,  this is still a meaningful amount of reviews that directly mention COVID-19. Additionally, reviews left during COVID-19 time period encompass the employee experience during these unprecedented times. This global pandemic has had massive impacts on the labor market at large, including the companies on this list. However, for job seekers looking for their next career move, there are still thousands of opportunities at a vast majority of the Best Places to Work across the U.S. including fully remote positions.