The 20 best companies to work for, based on 11-year analysis – Business Insider

  • For over a decade, Glassdoor has been analyzing employee feedback to create its annual Best Places to Work ranking.
  • Some companies frequently make the list, but only three have made the list every year since its launch. Only two of those made the top 50 each year.
  • Insider analyzed Glassdoor’s annual rankings between 2011-2021 to find the best of the best companies to work for.
  • At the top of our list is Bain & Company, which has made the list every year and has always been part of the top four.
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If you’re in the middle of job searching at the start of the new year, you may want to think about not just what a potential new position entails, but also if the company you’re targeting has strong leadership and a welcoming culture.

And if you’re like a lot of people, you turn to a site like Glassdoor, which provides a forum for employees to anonymously share information about what it’s like to work at different companies across America.

In addition to its anonymous reviews, reported salaries, and interview advice, for the past decade Glassdoor has been publishing an annual list of the best places to work, as decided by the employees who work there.

Since the release of the inaugural 2009 list, over 200 companies from various industries — including consulting, biotech, fast-food, aviation, and more — have made up the annual top 50. These rankings are based on anonymous employee reviews and include eight different metrics, such as work-life balance and compensation. 

To get a clearer picture at which companies consistently ranked at the top of Glassdoor’s lists, Insider conducted an analysis of all companies appearing on the list since 2011. Based on our analysis, those that made the top stretch across multiple industries and sizes.

Two companies have consistently been part of the top 50 since the beginning: consulting firm Bain & Company and tech giant Google. Apple has also been on the list every year, although it has fallen below the top 50 in recent years after the list expanded in 2018 to the top 100 companies.

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Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, told Insider that Glassdoor research shows there are three main factors that are seen among the highly-rated companies.

One of these is being a mission-driven company “with the culture and values that are larger than the business,” Chamberlain said. These values make people feel like they’re part of a mission that does social good as well as being a great, profitable business. The other two are the number of career opportunities and the presence of strong leadership.  

“Almost all of the best places to work consistently have senior leaders that people say are transparent, empathetic, and who look out for employees,” Chamberlain said. 

Keep scrolling to check out Insider’s full list of the best of the best places to work, according to more than a decade of Glassdoor rankings.

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