Facebook reigns as the best place to work

Beating out Google and Apple, the social network is crowned the No. 1 place of employment based on career opportunities, salary, and benefits, as well as work and life balance.

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Maybe it's the ability to influence a billion people or maybe it's the deluxe campus and free food, but Facebook employees have come out in full force and voted their company the best place to work this year.

Company review site Glassdoor annually compiles the 50 best places to work based on comments from employees in dozens of companies. This year, nearly half a million reviews were submitted that rated employers on career opportunities, salary and benefits, work and life balance, senior management, and culture and values. And, Facebook won out.

"The company's leadership truly believes in Facebook's mission to make the world more open and connected," a Facebook product manager told Glassdoor. "Teams are small and have a lot of autonomy, and it's amazing to see how much of a difference a single person can make at this place."

Besides Facebook, 19 other tech companies made the top 50 list. For the top 10, Riverbed Technology came in at No. 3, Google got No. 6, and National Instruments was No. 8. For the most well-known tech companies, LinkedIn came in at 14, Intel was No. 31, and Apple got No. 34.

While Google and Apple aren't in the top five, they've both made the list for the last five consecutive years -- although both have dropped places from last year, from 5 to 6 and from 10 to 34, respectively. Facebook has only made the list the last three years, but the year it debuted on the list , in 2010, it ranked No. 1. Last year, the social network fell to the third spot but has notably rebounded this year.

"The Employees' Choice Awards are one of the highest honors a company can receive, as it is an authentic and tangible reflection of employee satisfaction," Glassdoor's CEO and co-founder Robert Hohman said in a statement. "Due to greater workplace transparency, information about what it's like to work at particular companies is becoming increasingly influential as job seekers and employees consider their next career move."

Below is a video produced by Glassdoor and Facebook about what it is like to work at the world's largest social network.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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