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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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impactnow
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12/30/2015 | 12:00:13 PM
Opportunity and inclusion
It's a great list I would be curious to see if these companies suffer from the same issues around diversity and inclusion that we've seen in so many tech companies . Hopefully their culture makes them open to all types of employees . It's a great place to work for only a certain type of employee then the opportunities are limited for all .
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12/30/2015 | 12:28:45 PM
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@ impact now. I agree. Also, there are different factors and trade off to take into consideration when joining a new company.  For example, Amazon is a world renowned IT company, but an article on the New York times indicated that they do not treat their employees very well.  Sure, the pay and experience is great, but forget about family life balance.  I will add another factor such as mentorship opportunities. Even if you are from a diverse background, if you aren't guided properly to prosper and grow within a company, it will difficult for such individuals to move them into management 
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impactnow,
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12/30/2015 | 1:10:48 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
Pedro very true there are many things that make a great company but many of them are also subjective . While some things are fundamental other things maybe important to certain employees . The key is understanding how to motivate each employee and meet their needs .
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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 | 8:08:43 AM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
Don't you think it's all about creating a learning culture. It will help employees to enhance their skills and knowledge.
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12/31/2015 | 8:08:46 AM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
Don't you think it's all about creating a learning culture. It will help employees to enhance their skills and knowledge.
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12/31/2015 | 8:06:01 AM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
I agree with you. Culture has become an important aspect in any organization. I think most of the IT companies promote a flexible culture to its employees.
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12/31/2015 | 9:58:23 AM
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IT companies and companies in general anymore. I interviewed a company where a friend works ten years ago and they were hesitant to give me an offer because I would have needed to work remote. Now I know that 50% of that company's staff are remote employees (thankfully I turned their offer down, I didn't want to be on the beginning of that learning curve for them).
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12/31/2015 | 12:59:20 PM
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I agree.  I work for one of the top 50 Canadian companies rated by Glassdoor, and honestly, the culture is great.  Not only do they have flexible working arrangements which helps with employee happiness, it's often the little things that make the difference.  While we don't have the luxury of all-out ".COM" benefits, having dogs at work, the monthly beer social, means better synergy between teams and less disgruntled employees.  Coming from some horrible cultures, it's nice to see companies actually take a vested interest in keeping employees happy. it's win-win, employees tend to stick around longer because it's harder to want to leave a good corporate culture, and happy workers are productive workers.
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12/31/2015 | 2:59:37 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
@stratustician: I agree. Without a significant pay bump it's really hard to leave a job with a really nice work culture. I remember we had a puppy cuddling room to relieve stress. We took this idea of the internet and incorporated in our corporate.
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12/31/2015 | 3:01:57 PM
Re: Opportunity and inclusion
@Shamika: from my experience most IT companies don't have good work culture. Only some selected have. Money is not everything. Peace of mind is also a big factor.
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12/31/2015 | 8:33:07 PM
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@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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1/1/2016 | 11:28:24 PM
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@shakeeb, yes as I would think it does make sense to take a look with difrent point of views :)
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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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12/31/2015 | 7:17:22 AM
Trickle down
I hope we start to see measures that make these companies great placed to work trickle down to more industries and lower paying jobs too. That said, they need to be pragmatic changes. 

As much as the infinite holidays and long maternity leaves are great in some respects, with some firms it's led to a climate of people not wanting to use much of them since it's more their choice than company mandated time.

Very interesting. 
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12/31/2015 | 9:38:04 AM
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Right, Whoopty, what's unlimited vacation time do you if you are peer pressured into not wanting to ever use any --- or to working and sleeping in the office 20 hours a day? I suppose people who want a life should avoid companies whose culture attracts people for whom work is life.
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12/31/2015 | 9:56:23 AM
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Yep - and the "work as life" has always been the rule more than the exception at most of the companies I've ever worked for. I'd love to see a job in NYC where this isn't the case.
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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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12/31/2015 | 10:18:51 AM
Re: Trickle down
That gets very old by the time one is 30, probably has a spouse and children, and even if he doesn't, probably has a life outside of work (or wants one of the above).

People weren't meant to be monks (even in very luxurious monasteries) and those inclined to be such will tend to make the sacrifice for causes deemed significantly more important than the Almighty Dollar.

 
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12/31/2015 | 10:29:20 AM
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I wish I could remember what life was like around 30...
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12/31/2015 | 3:06:09 PM
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@jries. Most It officials quit their jobs by 35-40. I have quit 3 of the best jobs in my career and settled for a job with a 20% lesser median salary. The upside is that the work culture is amazing. Did I mention we have a little sports complex in our building? Our all-time favorite is the human bubble football.
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12/31/2015 | 3:08:17 PM
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@shamika I think promoting a "healthy" learning culture needs the employees to take breaks so that they can absorb it all in.
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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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12/31/2015 | 5:17:40 PM
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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 | 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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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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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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