Better benefits, company culture and work-life balance are the recipe for being one of the Best Places to Work, according to Glassdoor’s seventh annual Employees’ Choice Awards, released earlier this week.
Google topped the list for companies with over 1,000 employees, followed by Bain & Company, Nestle Purina, F5 Networks and the Boston Consulting Group. The Motely Fool, a Virginia financial services company, topped the list of SMBs.
Supporting employees in ways beyond financial compensation was a prevailing theme throughout the lists, which are compiled based on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor.
“The benefits and care of employees is obviously world class,” reads the featured review from a Google employee of eight years. Benefits and care were mentioned ahead of “almost unmatchable” compensation and potential.
Reviews of the Best Places to Work routinely mentioned both day-to-day work perks, such as free food and laundry services, and bigger picture benefits and policies. These offerings speak to a company culture that can demand a lot of their employees while also enabling work-life integration.
Those themes aren’t limited to Glassdoor’s list. Earlier this year, The Daily Worth released its list of the 25 Best Companies for Women, which values growth potential and a culture of support for families.
Making a Best Places to Work list is a valuable recruitment tool in terms of boosting an organization’s employer branding. But what it takes to make these lists – from culture to professional development to family-friendly benefits – are elements that lead to higher employee engagement, which is closely linked to employee retention.
And that’s true across all industries. Joining more than a dozen tech companies on the list were professional services firms, health care companies, grocery stores and even a fast food chain (In-N-Out Burger).
Several companies that offer Care.com to their employees as a benefit made Glassdoor’s list. We’d like to congratulate Google, Bain & Company, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Facebook, LinkedIn, Massachusetts General Hospital and Ernst & Young in the 1,000-plus category, and HubSpot as an SMB.
See the full list of winners in Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards for 2015.