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10 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2016

Google slipped off its perch as the No. 1 place to work on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list, unseated by an Internet travel company. Here's a look at 10 top tech companies where you may want to hang your hat in the new year.
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As the year prepares to close out and New Year's resolutions get made for 2016, it may be time to ditch the Dilbert cubicle life and land a new job. Travel site Airbnb, rather than Google, may be one of the first places you may want to look, according to the 50 Best Places to Work in 2016 list released by Glassdoor.

This year marked the first time that Airbnb made it onto Glassdoor's list and, when it did, it secured the No. 1 spot. Meanwhile, Google, which ranked No. 1 last year, stumbled, but still remains in the top 10.

Companies are ranked based on voluntary, anonymous reviews given by current and former employees, who weigh in on such areas as overall employee satisfaction, compensation and benefits, career opportunities, work-life balance, culture and values, and quality of senior management. The companies are then ranked on a scale of 1 to 5, with the highest number ranked at "very satisfied." Although the average overall employer rating on Glassdoor is 3.3, companies making the Best Places to Work in 2016 list needed to have a rating of at least 3.51, and meet other criteria.

Of the 50 companies that make up Glassdoor's Best Places to Work in 2016 list, tech companies captured 21 of the spots.

[See 8 Hot Tech Jobs Getting Big Salary Bumps in 2016.]

"Tech has always had a strong presence on the list and is the most represented industry in the top 50," said Scott Dobroski, a Glassdoor spokesman, who noted that 14 tech companies made it to last year's list.

Two factors drive the prevalence of tech companies on the list. One factor that contributes is the fierce fight to attract tech talent like engineers, software developers, data scientists, and the like, said Dobroski. Secondly, tech companies not only heavily invest in their employees in terms of compensation, but they also offer lavish perks and benefits to workers.

Perks and benefits are one of the four areas that employees frequently cite when giving company reviews on Glassdoor, he said. Other areas frequently mentioned, which can also raise or lower a company's ranking, include compensation offered, career opportunities, and whether there is a mission-driven culture.

In tech, it's especially common to find a mission-driven culture. After all, it's an industry where it's not uncommon to find engineers and developers sleeping under their desks, rather than heading home, as they prepare to launch a product.

On the following pages, take a look at Glassdoor's 10 best tech companies to work for, based on overall company rating and other metrics listed in its methodology.

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kward850
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kward850,
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3/3/2016 | 11:58:12 AM
Sustainable pace The Real 40 hours per week (35 hours for Euro)
8. Agile processes promote sustainable development.  The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.

How many of these companies follow the 8th Principle of the 'Agile Manifesto'?  They may 'claim' to be 'Agile',

but do they follow the 12 Principles of the Agile Manifesto?  In other words how many follow a true 40 hour week and how many do not?

 
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1/5/2016 | 5:31:21 PM
Re: Trickle down
It is interesting to me (and yet not at the same time) that there are no traditionally "traditional" :) companies on this list.  My guess as to why that is is this: most of these companies operate like they are "factories" (9-to5/no work-life balance/bureaucratic nonsense, etc) and not "workplaces."  Work is life and life is work no one wants to "work" at a place that doesn't respect "life" - not when you have options anyway.
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1/2/2016 | 1:38:39 AM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
I love this list - working in IT industry means you need to devote a 60 work hour week continuously, which is not easy. So you need to choose your employer wisely. Culture fit is the key factory - diversity, inclusion and also if you can fit yourself into the company's value framework.
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 11:28:24 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
@shakeeb, yes as I would think it does make sense to take a look with difrent point of views :)
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 11:27:26 PM
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@Michelle, yes same on my end interesting to know as now in the new digital age nothing stays the same and everything changes....
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Michelle,
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12/31/2015 | 10:50:32 PM
Data Company
I think Zillow would be an interesting place to work. I'm a little surprised Google was unseated and landed in 8th for this year's list.
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2015 | 8:36:37 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
Understanding each employee's motivation is a good initiative. However do you think it's practical when it comes to large, multinational companies.
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12/31/2015 | 8:33:07 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
@sunita I agree with you. It is always better to think from the employees point of view. Specially in the field of IT.
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12/31/2015 | 5:17:40 PM
Re: Trickle down
I think because google set a standard many companies have adopter similar work culures and benefit, thus making it more competitive But fee companies have a footprint and reputation as google
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12/31/2015 | 3:11:21 PM
Re: Trickle down
LinkedIn has got really good work life balance. I wonder why Google's rating deceased though.
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