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The Best Places To Work In 2018

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Every year, careers site Glassdoor releases a list of the best places to work. Now in its tenth edition, the ranking includes companies with more than 1,000 employees, and it’s based on employee reviews submitted since November 2016. To qualify, a company needed to receive at least 75 reviews in that period. Organizations were ranked based on employee ratings across several factors, such as overall satisfaction, career opportunities, compensation, work-life balance and business outlook.

This list is distinct from Forbes’ definitive America’s Best Employers guide, which uses a different methodology and comes out in May. To view the top ten on Glassdoor’s list, open the gallery below. For the full ranking, see the end of this article.

Facebook takes the top spot, moving up one slot from last year. Despite controversies over the spread of false information and studies claiming negative psychological effects, the tech company’s revenue continues to soar. Morale is high among its roughly 17,000 employees, who have cited workplace perks and smart colleagues as benefits of working there. One Menlo Park employee wrote recently on Glassdoor, “You are working with very smart people who are energized and believe in the work they are doing … You are empowered and encouraged to wield influence and ship products that can literally affect billions of people … There is also a lot of food.”

Strategy consulting firm Bain comes in second, slipping one spot from last year. It beats out the two other top consulting firms that hire many MBAs every year, BCG (#3) and McKinsey (#12). Bain has made Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” list every single year for the past decade. Google (#5) and Apple (#84) are the only other companies in this club. Bain employees have said they like the company for its focus on professional development and positive culture. “Great people to work with, motivated, down-to-earth, pragmatic, helping; clear perspective on promotion cycles and professional development,” wrote one reviewer. “Everyone focuses on real time coaching and truly wants to see everyone succeed and get better,” another commented.

West Coast burger chain In-N-Out ranks fourth, moving up three spots from last year. Its restaurants are well known for their high-quality ingredients, and earlier this year, Lynsi Snyder’s ownership of the business bumped up to 97% as she turned 35, making her a billionaire. Evidently, employees also have much to rejoice about, including good pay, a fast-paced work environment, free meals and flexible schedules, according to Glassdoor reviews. “The pay is great, we get PTO even as part-time associates, dental and vision insurance if you want it, and plenty of fun company events,” wrote one reviewer.

Vancouver-based Lululemon ranks sixth. The athletic apparel retailer has 421 stores, up from 379 a year ago. Employees like the free workout classes offered by the company, as well as the positive work environment and generous store discount, according to Glassdoor comments. “Great discount – 60% full price 70% off markdowns, 401K, health benefits, $16 an hour pay,” one reviewer wrote. Another employee called the culture “very goal oriented” and reported that it “helps you develop in your personal life.”

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