Monday, 10 Dec 2018

The best companies to work for in 2018, according to their employees

The latest ranking of Glassdoor of the top companies to work for, according to employees, ranks management consulting firm Bain & Co. at the top of the list. (iStock / iStock)

Only one employer can claim to be among the top five of the year on the job site. The annual ranking of Glassdoor of the best workplaces – and no, it is not Google. Or Facebook. Or Apple.

This badge of honor goes to Bain & Co., who also took first place in the 2019 ranking for the fourth time this year, the 11th edition of the list, published Tuesday night. Employees have hired the Global Management Board for items such as a favorable work environment and its compensation for employees in the examinations that form the basis of the rankings.

Silicon Valley heavyweights such as Facebook (# 7 and # 1 last year) or Google (No. 1) were missing the top 5 for the first time since 2010 – albeit just behind and still in the top 10 8, which ranked # 1 on the 2015 list). A year in which the research giant was confronted with a demonstration of more than 20,000 employees and the management of the social media platform is in the spotlight for the treatment of personal data of its users and its role in the 2016 election, one can infer sign of deteriorating employee morale.

According to Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist of Glassdoor, the differences in scores on the list are too small to allow this interpretation based solely on the results of the ranking.

"Most of the criticism has been directed to Facebook and we do not see as many affected employees as you might think," he said, noting that some critics mentioned that the bad publicity was actually helping employees to "regroup". and that the difference between his score (4,5) and the highest score (4,6) is extremely small. Facebook, which has been on the list for nine years, saw its ranking decline before, from No. 5 to No. 13 between 2014 and 2015.

Indeed, the difference between the highest rated company and the number 100 on the list is four tenths of a point (4.6 to 4.2) on a rating scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best), making toggle employer positions on the list are relatively common from year to year.

Nevertheless, Chamberlain said the response of Facebook workers to a question about their business prospects had declined from 89% who had written positive reviews last year to 82% this year.

"It remains to be seen what will happen next year," Chamberlain said. He added: "I think it's clear that caution is there not only for consumers, but also for jobseekers, and I think [the tech companies] are very aware of that. "

Glassdoor's results look much better than an internal Facebook "impulse" survey that has been reviewed and reported recently by the Wall Street Journal. In mid-November, the newspaper announced that Facebook had had a difficult year, with just over half of employees saying they were optimistic about Facebook's future, down 32 percentage points from the previous year. last year. According to the Journal, nearly 29,000 employees participated in this survey, while only 436 Facebook employee reviews had been evaluated on Glassdoor last year.

Facebook spokesperson, Genevieve Grdina, spoke about another statistic from the company's semiannual survey "on the" general propensity "to work here, indicating that it is currently at 70%, a decrease of 2 percentage points since April In a statement reported by the newspaper, the company said: "It was a difficult time, but every day we see people coming together to learn from the past year and building a stronger company. Everyone at Facebook has an interest in our future and we are sending great products and protecting those who use them. "

Glassdoor calculates annually its ranking for the largest employers in the United States by taking into account any business with at least 1,000 employees and at least 75 verified reviews, voluntarily left on the Glassdoor website, which were received during the course of the year. # 39; year. (The average number of reviews for all companies considered is 300, a figure which, according to Chamberlain, is representative.) Winners are chosen using a proprietary algorithm based on the reviews. , gathering the opinions of workers on the advantages and disadvantages of working in the company. their CEO and issues such as compensation and benefits.

In-N-Out Burger (No. 3), Boston Consulting Group (No. 5) and two newcomers to the list of large companies – Zoom Video Communications and Procore Technologies complete the picture. LinkedIn (# 6), Lululemon (# 9) and Southwest Airlines (# 10) round out the top 10.

Earlier this year, the Japanese firm Recruit Holdings, which also owns the largest job site, Effect has acquired Glassdoor under a $ 1.2 billion contract representing one the largest technology acquisitions of 2018. Glassdoor publishes job offers and also has a separate "employer brand". "A service where employers tout their business on a website that is on Glassdoor alongside reviews.

At a time when the job market is tense and culture and the desire for transparency and accountability strengthened, the ranking of Glassdoor can be seen as a way to reinforce the reason why this "employer brand" is important and can attract the attention of leaders who want to succeed. on such rankings. In its methodology, Glassdoor indicates that it "agrees to respect the highest level of data integrity and quality, including by treating all employers equally, that they whether or not they are customers of Glassdoor. "

Chamberlain says the company checks the exams for any signs of ballot boxes stuffed by employers, looking for for example suspicious IP address schemes. And even if companies launch internal campaigns to get employees to fill out the reviews, that will not stop people who are not happy to complain.

"If this really happens, you will see the truth come out of the adventure," he says.

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