What Makes a Best Place to Work

Better benefits, company culture and work-life balance are the ingredients of the Best Places to Work.

Google topped the list for companies with more than 1,000 employees, followed by Bain & Company, Nestle Purina, F5 Networks and the Boston Consulting Group in Glassdoor’s seventh annual Employees’ Choice Awards. The Motley Fool, a Virginia financial services company, topped the list of small/midsize businesses.

Supporting employees in ways beyond financial compensation was a prevailing theme throughout the lists, which are compiled based on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor. Descriptions of Best Places to Work routinely mentioned both day-to-day work perks, such as free food and laundry services, and wider-ranging benefits and policies.

These offerings speak to a company culture that can demand a lot of their employees while also enabling work-life integration. 

Among the winners:

  • Google: “Great people, great values…” The benefits and care of employees [are] obviously world-class, and compensation is almost unmatchable … the company attracts some of the best talent and best people to work with in the world.”
  • Bain & Company: “Hands down awesome” … “Incredible culture – people work really hard, but they enjoy doing it.”
  • Nestlé Purina PetCare : “Best place I’ve ever worked…” “The corporate culture is second to none.” “Strong Midwestern roots.”
  • F5 Networks: “Challenging, fun, the company actually helps you achieve your best…”  “Very competitive salary, great benefits.”
  • Boston Consulting Group: “Incredible opportunity…” “Outstanding colleagues, best and the brightest from all fields.”
  • Chevron: “Excellent company with great compensation and work-life balance..” “Great benefits … very structured organization.”
  • H E B: “Great pay. Great benefits. Ability to move up.”
  • In-N-Out Burger: “Amazing!” “Great pay rates, fantastic hours, calm and comfortable atmosphere, plenty of benefits.”
  • McKinsey & Company: “No other organization places as much emphasis on professional development.” 
  • Mayo Clinic: “Excellent work experience.” “Extremely professional work environment with state-of-the-art facilities.”