Tech companies for years have widely been considered the “best places to work” in recent years. This year is no different according to a study and report by Glassdoor. While Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) came in as number one, the tech industry brought nine companies to the top twenty on their annual Employees’ Choice Awards. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) found itself at number six on this same list.
The thing is, this list is compiled by taking the anonymous “reviews” of employees based on three criteria. I think I perhaps should have put the word anonymous in parentheses, I’m not sure how much opportunity employees of either Google or Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) can truly enjoy anonymity. God knows I don’t, nor do billions of others, enjoy much privacy when using either of these companies products. That is not to say that working for either doesn’t have its perks. Especially, in the case of the former and to a lesser extent the latter, if one of those perks is stock options.
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Glassdoor claims that this year’s rankings were put together based on three million surveys being filled out at their website.
In addition to a good salary employees of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) enjoy Foosball, an annual video game day, and Ping Pong. New parents receive a one-time gift of $4000 upon the birth of a new child.
Said one Facebook employee, “The atmosphere is amazing. Everyone pulling together to help the company achieve goals we all believe in, while being incredibly open, down-to-earth and helpful about it.”
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has, for years, famously allowed their employees “20 percent time.” This allows employees to work on their own projects in addition their regular work load. Both Google Glass and Google’s self-driving car have come from this program. Other things that make Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) unique include: free food prepared by accomplished chefs, access to a gym, and the ability to bring their pets to work.
In addition to overall impressions of the work place, the survey asks that people also include information about their salary, job perks and details about the job application process.
The UK Newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ is responsible for the video used in this report.