Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has dropped down a notch to 35th on Glassdoor.com‘s “Best Places to Work” list for 2014. That determination is based on Apple employee reviews.
Apple has a 3.8 rating on GlassDoor
Apple Insider notes that the company landed in the top ten of that annual list in 2011, so a move down the ladder to 35th place is quite a steep decline in just three years. Nonetheless, competition is fierce at the top of that list, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lost just .1 points on the five-point scale for employee satisfaction.
This year’s rating for Apple is 3.8. The ranking for the overall list comes from responses from more than 500,000 reviews taken over the last 12 months. Apple’s score came from an average ranking from 2,557 reviews. Overall 80% of the employees who took part in the survey would recommend Apple to friends. Many of them also said they were optimistic about the outlook for Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook did pretty good on his own, receiving a 92% approval rating based on 1,152 reviews.
Apple ranks poorly on work / life balance
There’s a highlights section where some of the most mentioned pros and cons are listed. Under pros, it lists “great” people, hours and benefits. Under cons, it says that it is difficult for employees to achieve the right work and life balance because of how relentless the company is. It also says sometimes there are long hours due to product launches.
Apple among tech companies
Of course Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t the only technology company to rank high up on the list. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) were tied for second on the list, each with a 4.6 rating out of five. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) was actually ranked fifth, while Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) was in eighth place and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) took 13th place.