® Launches Employees' Choice Awards Unveiling the 50 Best Places to Work : General Mills, Bain & Company and Netflix Top List, According to Their Employees

Share Article®, a career and workplace community bringing greater transparency to company cultures and compensation, today released its first annual Employees’ Choice Awards¹, listing the top 50 “Best Places to Work” based on surveys² collected from employees at more than 11,000 companies operating in the United States. General Mills had the highest rating from its employees, followed closely by Bain & Company, Netflix, Adobe, and Northwestern Mutual, which round out the top five companies on Glassdoor’s inaugural list.

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Despite the inherent challenges faced by most businesses today, reading just a handful of company reviews on makes it easy to see the attributes that make these top companies consistently stand out and distinguish themselves from the pack.

"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 "Despite the inherent challenges faced by most businesses today, reading just a handful of company reviews on 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)


  CEOApprovalRating (%)

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   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,19.htm and the blog ( A complete copy of the Glassdoor survey along with additional information about the Best Places to Work methodology may be requested via email: For more information about Glassdoor and to read company reviews visit To receive regular updates about new and interesting data and reports, visit and/or subscribe to the Glassdoor blog.

About 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 is based on a 5-point scale with 5 being "extremely satisfied" and 1 being "extremely dissatisfied."


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