Despite the inherent challenges faced by most businesses today, reading just a handful of company reviews on Glassdoor.com makes it easy to see the attributes that make these top companies consistently stand out and distinguish themselves from the pack.
SAUSALITO, Calif. (PRWEB) December 30, 2008
"The Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards are truly unique in that they are based on the unbiased voices of the people who walk the halls every day and know these companies best," said Robert Hohman, CEO and co-founder of Glassdoor.com. "Despite the inherent challenges faced by most businesses today, reading just a handful of company reviews on Glassdoor.com makes it easy to see the attributes that make these top companies consistently stand out and distinguish themselves from the pack."
Unlike many workplace-related awards that require companies to self nominate, Glassdoor relies solely on the input from employees. The ranking of the top 50 list was determined by each company's overall rating3 on Glassdoor, which is the cumulative average rating from employees who elected to participate in a 20-question survey that addresses key workplace factors, including work/life balance, career opportunities, communication, compensation and benefits, employee morale, recognition and feedback, senior leadership as well as fairness and respect.
General Mills' rating was 4.5 and employees gave CEO Ken Powell a 96% approval rating. The complete list along with corresponding CEO approval rating is below.
Glassdoor Employees' Choice: 50 Best Places to Work Rank
Overall Rating(5-point scale)
1 General Mills 4.5 Ken Powell 96 2 Bain & Company 4.5 Orit Gadiesh 88 3 Netflix 4.4 Reed Hastings 100 4 Adobe 4.3 Shantanu Narayen 82 5 Northwestern Mutual 4.2 Edward J. Zore 98 6 Whole Foods 4.2 John P. Mackey 85 7 Google 4.1 Eric E. Schmidt 89 8 SAP 4.1 Henning Kagermann 75 9 Continental Airlines 4.1 Larry Kellner 79 10 NetApp 4.0 Dan Warmenhoven 79 11 Intuit 4.0 Brad D. Smith 78 12 McKinsey & Company 4.0 Ian Davis 85 13 FactSet 3.9 Philip A. Hadley 91 14 Boston Consulting 3.9 Hans-Paul Bürkner 71 15 Procter & Gamble 3.9 A.G. Lafley 86 16 Caterpillar 3.9 Jim Owens 85 17 Genentech 3.8 Art Levinson 94 18 CareerBuilder 3.8 Matt Ferguson 86 19 Apple 3.8 Steve Jobs 90 20 Juniper Networks 3.8 Kevin Johnson n/a 21 Marriott 3.8 Bill Marriott Jr. 82 22 NIKE 3.8 Mark G. Parker 100 23 Ernst & Young Global 3.8 Jim Turley 79 24 MITRE 3.8 Alfred Grasso 53 25 Chevron 3.8 Dave O'Reilly 73 26 Goldman Sachs 3.8 Lloyd C. Blankfein 86 27 Nordstrom 3.8 Blake W. Nordstrom 75 28 Citrix Systems 3.7 Mark B. Templeton 77 29 Schlumberger 3.7 Andrew Gould 70 30 Booz Allen Hamilton 3.7 Ralph W. Shrader 61 31 National Instruments 3.7 James J. Truchard 74 32 Novell 3.7 Ron Hovsepian 64 33 PricewaterhouseCoopers 3.7 Sam DiPiazza Jr. 59 34 American Express 3.6 Ken Chenault 80 35 Cisco Systems 3.6 John T. Chambers 79 36 USAA 3.6 Joe Robles Jr. 83 37 EMC 3.6 Joe Tucci 60 38 Capital One 3.6 Rich Fairbank 68 39 QUALCOMM 3.6 Paul E. Jacobs 75 40 MetLife 3.6 Rob Henrikson 53 41 Lockheed Martin 3.6 Robert J. Stevens 63 42 Texas Instruments 3.6 Rich Templeton 64 43 US Army 3.6 Pete Geren III 50 44 Deloitte 3.5 Jim Quigley 64 45 Wells Fargo 3.5 John G. Stumpf 65 46 Best Buy 3.5 Brad Anderson 64 47 salesforce.com 3.5 Marc Benioff 69 48 Accenture 3.5 Bill Green 67 49 FedEx 3.5 Fred Smith 67 50 Paychex 3.5 Jon Judge 59 For more information about the awards and sample reviews from top companies, visit http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm and the Glassdoor.com blog (http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/). A complete copy of the Glassdoor survey along with additional information about the Best Places to Work methodology may be requested via email: BestPlacestoWork@glassdoor.com. For more information about Glassdoor and to read company reviews visit http://www.glassdoor.com. To receive regular updates about new and interesting data and reports, visit and/or subscribe to the Glassdoor blog.
Glassdoor.com is a new career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers – for free. Designed to deliver greater transparency around our work life, Glassdoor enables employees, job seekers, employers and recruiters to simultaneously see – for the first time – unedited employee opinions about a company's work environment along with details of pay, benefits and CEO approval ratings. Glassdoor was founded in 2007 and launched its public beta in June 2008. Glassdoor is headquartered in Sausalito, Calif. and was founded by Richard Barton, Robert Hohman and Tim Besse.
¹ To be eligible for the inaugural Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work companies must have received at least 25 reviews from U.S.-based employees who are current employees of the company or who were employed at some time during 2008, maintain a 'satisfied' or above cumulative average overall and across eight workplace factors addressed in the company's voluntary 20-question survey, and the company's CEO must have an approval rating higher than 50%.
² Glassdoor carefully reviews each ratings survey, company review and salary report submitted through its website and only those surveys and reports that are approved by the Glassdoor research team are eligible for the list.
3 The overall rating on Glassdoor.com is based on a 5-point scale with 5 being "extremely satisfied" and 1 being "extremely dissatisfied."
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