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Why Airbnb tops the 'Best Places to Work' list
Why Airbnb tops the 'Best Places to Work' list

No employer is perfect. But some companies come much closer than others, at least in the eyes of the staff.

Using anonymous feedback provided by those who completed reviews of their employers, jobs site Glassdoor compiled a list of the top 50 best places to work.

Companies that made the list typically valued their employees, had a unique culture that aligned with the company's mission, offered clear direction, provided great perks and benefits and hired smart people.

The No. 1 best place among large employers? Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accommodations site.

"Amazing people, vibrant workplace, and an unbeatable culture that is real ... . Also, pay, insurance, perks, food, parties, and growth opportunities are top notch," reported one employee who worked in Airbnb's San Francisco offices.

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Global consulting firm Bain & Co. came in second. It got the highest marks of any large company for career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and senior leadership. But it missed out on the No. 1 spot overall in part because it ranked much lower than other companies in employees' assessment of work-life balance.

Coming in third was Guidewire, a software maker for property and casualty insurers. It got more props than any other company for excellent work-life balance.

"[T]he trust put in employees means the flexibility on work hours is enormous. This is probably the number one reason why we are able to retain the top talent that we have," said a staff engineer in the company's Foster City, California, office.


Rounding out the top 5 best places to work were the online marketer Hubspot and that little-known social media outfit Facebook. Just below them are professional networking site LinkedIn, the Boston Consulting Group and Google.

Among smaller companies -- those with fewer than 1,000 employees -- the digital marketing software and services provider Madwire took the top spot.

"Everyone ... is highly motivated, driven and passionate about what they are doing. It doesn't matter what position you have ... everyone comes in with a go-getter attitude and brings their A-game," said a senior designer in the company's Loveland, Colorado, Office.

The San Francisco-based health care provider Grand Rounds came in second. One staff physician said the company is "taking health care to a whole new level ... . I have never experienced such a positive, collaborative and brilliant environment."

Others in the top 5 were cybersecurity provider Cloudlock, educational software maker Instructure and mobile app development company WillowTree.

Here's the full list of Glassdoor's top 50 large U.S. companies:

1. Airbnb

2. Bain & Company

3. Guidewire

4. Hubspot

5. Facebook

6. LinkedIn

7. Boston Consulting Group

8. Google

9. Nestle Purina PetCare

10. Zillow

11. Eastman Chemical

12. World Wide Technology

13. In-N-Out Burger


15. Power Home Remodeling Group

16. Expedia

17. H-E-B

18. Riot Games

19. Adobe

20. Memorial Sloan Kettering

21. Delta Air Lines

22. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

23. Protiviti

24. QuikTrip

25. Apple

26. Twitter

27. Vivint Solar

28. Paycom

29. Wegmans Food Markets

30. Slalom Consulting

31. Akamai

32. Salesforce

33. F5 Networks

34. Genentech

35. Workday

36. Turner Construction

37. Red Hat

38. Gensler

39. Chevron

40. Costco Wholesale

41. GE Aviation

42. Southwest Airlines

43. Stryker

44. Gartner

45. REI

46. Red Bull

47. NIKE

48. Total Quality Logistics

49. Concur

50. Solar City

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