Looking for a job in 2019? These companies may be a good place to start. Global management company Bain & Co. ranked No. 1 in career website Glassdoor’s annual “100 Best Places to Work” in 2019. Facebook the biggest social-media platform on the planet, which has been plagued by scandal and grappling with how to deal with fake news over the last 12 months, fell from No. 1 last year to No. 7 this year.
Employees are asked to rate how satisfied they are with their employer overall, rate their chief executive as well as rate key workplace attributes such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work/life balance, senior management, plus how they fell about the current culture and values at the company. Employees are also asked whether they would recommend their employer to a friend and about the company’s six-month business outlook.
What makes Glassdoor’s list particularly noteworthy: The list is based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review of eight major categories, including information about their job, work environment and employer over the past year. In the US, Glassdoor has compiled the “100 Best Places to Work” for companies of various sizes, including those corporations with 1,000 or more employees.
Manny Maceda, Bain & Co. worldwide managing partner, said this is the fourth time in 11 years that Bain has been given the No. 1 spot on this list. “We view investments in our people as investments in the firm’s future leaders,” he said. He said the company’s sponsorship programs ensure all employees, “no matter their gender, race or sexual identity, are positioned to thrive in their Bain careers and beyond.” The company, he said, has doubled-down on such efforts over the past year.
Glassdoor’s top 10 “Best Places to Work” in 2019:
- Bain & Company (4.6 out of 5)
- Zoom Video Communications (4.5)
- In-N-Out Burger (4.5)
- Procore Technologies (4.5)
- Boston Consulting Group (4.5)
- LinkedIn (4.5)
- Facebook (4.5)
- Google (4.4)
- Lululemon (4.4)
- Southwest Airlines (4.4)
(Among the 830,000-plus employers reviewed, the average company rating is 3.4 out of 5.)
Actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place, which accounts for the placement of companies with the same score. During the year-long eligibility period, employers considered for the large-company list must have received at least 75 ratings and employers considered for the small and medium list of companies must have received at least 30 ratings, respectively, for all of the attributes in the survey. (You can read the complete methodology here.)
It’s certainly been a trying 12 months for Facebook both inside and outside the company. Last month, it admitted asking an opposition-research company to investigate billionaire George Soros over his criticism of the company. After denying she knew that Facebook had targeted Soros, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg later said, “It was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else.”
In a blistering speech delivered in Davos, Switzerland last January, Soros called Facebook and Alphabet’s Google a “menace” to society.” His comments were made before the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that 2 billion users had their data scraped through a third-party online personality test, but after revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Zuckerberg has pledged to combat fake news and data-scraping.
Last year, Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook and founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, told Axios that Facebook is a behemoth that sucks up people’s time by playing on their weaknesses. “It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you’re exploiting vulnerability in human psychology,” he said. Zuckerberg has long said that Facebook is provides a public service that brings people together.
Facebook did not respond to request for comment. There are, however, many upsides to working there. Facebook workers have a median annual salary of $240,000. CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s salary, meanwhile, at $8.8 million, is 37 times the average Facebook worker. Facebook perks include paid paternity and maternity leave of four months, free meals, 21 days of paid vacation and subsidies to work out at its gym. It received 4.5 out of 5 on Glassdoor’s scale.
As companies try to understand consumer behavior on the internet and social-media sites, data scientists are also in high demand. Boasting a median base salary of $110,000 and a job-satisfaction score of 4.4 out of 5, data scientist was ranked No. 1 on Glassdoor’s “Best Jobs in America” list in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The report released this week is based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction.
But data scientists who deal with troves of valuable human data have competition. A separate report released by US News & World Report lists software developer as the No. 1 job based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like data scientist, a software developer has a median annual salary of over $100,000. The study looked at work-life balance, salary and other areas of career development.
In an earlier survey by Glassdoor, data scientists and software developers use programming language such as Python (sought after in 72 percent of Glassdoor data scientist job postings), followed by R (64 percent), SQL (51 percent), Hadoop (39 percent) and the more well-known Java (33 percent). Core data scientists are likely to be proficient in Python, as it’s one of the most shareable computer languages and it’s relatively easy and free to learn.