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LinkedIn Data Reveals The Hottest Companies To Work For Right Now

Americans want to work for big companies with better benefits and work/life balance.

LinkedIn Data Reveals The Hottest Companies To Work For Right Now
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Thanks to plenty of research, we know that more than half of American workers are burned out or just not into their jobs and would happily jump ship to work at a company with a better culture (and a bigger salary).

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Which companies are those jobseekers eyeing and where are they landing? LinkedIn offers up a list of 50 of the most in-demand companies to work for.

The most-desired workplaces include:

  1. Alphabet
  2. Amazon
  3. Facebook
  4. Salesforce
  5. Uber
  6. Tesla
  7. Apple
  8. Time Warner
  9. Walt Disney
  10. Comcast

LinkedIn says companies were awarded a blended score based on the behavior of the social network’s users–and there were billions of actions by its 500+ million members to mine. LinkedIn analyzed metrics including job application numbers, the number of professionals who viewed a company’s career page, and the amount of time people remained employed at each company.

The top of the list isn’t all that surprising–those tech giants have dominated other “best of” lists pretty consistently in the past. Uber’s recent controversies and toxic culture might make it seem like a bit of a stretch for fifth place. However, LinkedIn’s senior editor Caroline Fairchild addressed this seemingly contradictory ranking by pointing out that year over year, the number of people who view and apply to open positions at Uber is in fact up by more than 35%–but in the aftermath of Susan Fowler’s blog post detailing discrimination and sexual harassment at Uber, those views and applications dropped by 15%.

“When it comes to job applications, views on job postings and retention of new employees, Uber ranked higher than top brands like Apple, Tesla, and the Walt Disney Co. If you look at the number of people Uber is poaching from other top companies, the ride-hailing Goliath is luring more than Amazon, Apple, and its top competitor, Lyft,” Fairchild writes.

It’s interesting to note that benefits and perks outside the traditional offerings of health insurance and 401(k) plans are cited at many of the top companies.

Coming in at #17, Twitter doesn’t track vacation days. Edelman (#48) offers an “Escape” program that provides a select group of employees with $1,500 and a week off to either “live a dream” or “give a dream.”

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Other employers are taking the responsibility for gender parity and paid leave into their own hands in the absence of a government mandate. Second-place Amazon offers “leave share,” which allows employees to give six weeks of paid leave to a spouse or partner who isn’t eligible for parental leave at their own employer. Number-four-ranked Salesforce spent $6 million to give women and men equal pay–which translated to raises for 11% of its employees.

Then there’s #33 ranked Morgan Stanley, where a 12-week paid internship program is offered for experienced workers who want to come back to the workforce after an extended break. Since the program launched, more than 60% of participants have received offers to join the bank’s staff.

Finally, as Daniel Roth, LinkedIn’s editor in chief, pronounces: “Size matters.” Americans want to work for big companies. “On average, companies on the U.S. list have 66,279 global employees, roughly 20% more than the list’s global average,” he writes. “Amazon (#2) leads the U.S. list in number of employees, with 341,000 workers.”

About the author

Lydia Dishman is a business journalist writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, commerce, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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