While there were a few notable changes from last year’s list (30 percent of the companies ranked made their debut this year), its themes carried over: many of the most in-demand companies provide generous policies on parental leave, family planning, education, and more.
For instance, Apple will pay to freeze your eggs if you’re looking to start a family years down the line. Spotify offers the same, in addition to other fertility assistance and one month of flexible work when employees return from parental leave. J&J and Deloitte have parental and/or family leave policies that are 17 and 16 weeks long, respectively. And, if you’re a first-time mother at Goldman Sachs, you can count on “maternity mentors” for support during your pregnancy and transition back to work.
As we’ve seen in recent years, there is no end to the perks some companies will provide to attract the very best talent. Indeed, employers have offered everything from catered gourmet meals (Hi, Google) to onsite spas, car washes, and more.
But if LinkedIn’s Top Companies to Work for is any indication of what employees are interested in, they want more than just free office snacks.
Here are the 10 that round up the top of the list (see all 50 companies here):
Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last summer shocked analysts, who began predicting the e-commerce company could take over the grocery industry. The deal, estimated at $13.7 billion, didn’t go unnoticed by potential job seekers, whose interest in the company led to Amazon taking the #1 spot from Alphabet.
Among the company’s notable perks? Employees can now get the company to prepay 95% of the tuition, books and fees they might incur as part of training in “professions of the future.”
Google’s parent company might have lost the number one spot on the list, but coming in at second isn’t too bad for a company that gets millions of applications each year. Google employees have long boasted about the unlimited (and Instagram-worthy) meals available at the company. But the workspaces aren’t shabby either. Alphabet’s new offices include dog parks, indoor fire pits and bouldering walls. We can only assume these are all necessary because: pets are family, fire pits are great for s’mores, and climbing walls are chicer than treadmills.
Facebook has received its fair share of criticism for everything from fake news to revamping the news feed (once again). But apparently job seekers aren’t any less eager to learn about building a career at the company.
Facebook is still worth $512 billion and it ended last year on a strong note. Time will tell if anything changes now that Facebook is in hot water over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and public calls for company accountability continue to grow.
Salesforce, the cloud computing company based out of San Francisco, has made waves for refusing to play into the “bro culture” of Silicon Valley. Since 1999, the company has operated under a 1-1-1 model, where 1 percent of equity, 1 percent of employee time, and 1 percent of product goes to nonprofits. Salesforce also continuously audits its salary data and has spent millions to ensure equal compensation among employees regardless of race and gender. Right on!
Tesla’s appeal among job seekers can’t be overstated; according to the report, more than 500,000 people applied to the company in 2017. After all, last year saw Tesla make big headlines for achievements like successfully producing the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Australia (which has so far exceeded expectations). Current Tesla employees can take advantage of a carpool program allowing them not just drive a Tesla to work, but keep it on the weekends as well. Carpooling suddenly sounds fun!
Few companies are as iconic—and as popular—as Apple. Company employees appreciate working there, according to reviews on Glassdoor.com. Employees on the site overwhelmingly approve of CEO Tim Cook (92 percent!) and almost 80 percent said they’d recommend the company to a friend. And since there’s no shortage of Apple products on demand, employees can also take advantage of a 25 percent discount. Which, of course, makes getting a new iPhone all the more enticing.
7. Comcast NBCUniversal
Comcast NBCUniversal broke into the top 10 after hiring more than 36,000 employees in 2017, according to the report. The massive company also made a splash as the outlet of the Winter Olympics: Fans could tune in live across all of its platforms, including Snapchat. Employees enjoy work perks like early access to upcoming entertainment releases and complimentary tickets to resorts and theme parks.
8. The Walt Disney Company
The company responsible for many of our favorite childhood films fell from the #2 spot last year to #8. Disney has struggled to keep up with online streaming services, but CEO Bob Iger has been working to revamp the company. In fact, on Wednesday, Disney announced a strategic reorganization that will include a department focused on its own streaming service.
Employee benefits at the company aren’t limited to creatives or executives. According to LinkedIn, Disney made an initial investment of $50 million in a program that covers tuition costs for hourly employees.
The computer technology company Oracle is behind the software and hardware used at the world’s biggest companies. With innovation being the name of the game, Oracle encourages its employees, as creators of “world-changing tech,” to regularly file patents for their creations.
Oracle also recently opened a sprawling new campus in Austin which could eventually house up to 10,000 employees. Meant as a sales innovation hub, the locale will provide plenty of perks and amenities for employees like restaurants, beach volleyball courts and an innovation lab.
Netflix disavows overly complicated policies regarding vacation time, paid parental leave, or even dress codes. But at the heart of the company is a philosophy of “people over process.” Such an approach, the company says, ensures a “more flexible, fun, stimulating, creative, and successful organization.”
Fun and flexible? Sounds fitting, coming from the company that made streaming movies from the comfort of your couch a cultural mainstay.