We all want to work for a great company and get the satisfaction of having a real impact on customers, communities, and the world around us. Fortunately, many organizations offer their employees all this and more.

But how can you tell which companies are the very best and the most sought-after--the ones that consistently attract and retain top employees?

Actually, it's simple.  Job site LinkedIn just published its 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies List, which ranks the top 50 companies to work for. Here, then, are the top companies for 2018, according to LinkedIn:

1. Amazon
2. Alphabet
3. Facebook
4. Salesforce
5. Tesla
6. Apple
7. Comcast NBCUniversal
8. The Walt Disney Company
9. Oracle
10. Netflix
11. Spotify
12. Uber
13. McKinsey & Company
14. Adobe
15. Airbnb
16. Time Warner
17. Dell Technologies
18. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
19. LVMH
20. IBM
21. Samsung
22. Deloitte
23. Verizon
24. Goldman Sachs
25. PwC
26. The Boston Consulting Group
27. Live Nation Entertainment
28. Morgan Stanley
29. EY
30. Stryker
31. Cisco
32. Dropbox
33. National Basketball Association
34. Accenture
35. Nike
36. WeWork
37. Citadel
38. Kering
39. National Football League
40. Square
41. ADP
42. Capital One
43. Twitter
44. Box
45. Johnson & Johnson
46. Starbucks
47. PepsiCo
48. JLL
49. Tableau Software
50. Abbott

As LinkedIn points out in the announcement for its 2018 Top Companies List:

"Amazon has dethroned reigning top company Alphabet for the top spot on this year's list, and following tumultuous business years for both Uber and Twitter, Uber falls to #12 and Twitter dips the furthest in the rankings (#17 to #43). Newcomers comprise over 30 percent of the list and represent a range of industries including retail (LVMH #19 and Nike #35), sports (The National Basketball Association #33 and The National Football League #39), and entertainment (Spotify #11)."

As a part of its research, LinkedIn revealed the following specific insights about some of the top companies on its list:

  • Amazon now offers to prepay 95 percent of tuition, textbooks, and fees for its employees to receive training in "professions of the future."
  • Alphabet's newest offices include sky-high dog parks, indoor fire pits, and bouldering walls.
  • Facebook extended its bereavement leave policy last year to up to 20 days, a policy developed after chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg suddenly lost her husband.
  • Salesforce does continuous audits of its salary data and has spent $6 million trying to ensure equal compensation across gender and race.
  • Tesla has a carpool program that allows employees to drive a Tesla to work--and keep it on weekends.
  • Apple offers its employees a 25 percent discount on the company's devices.
  • Comcast NBCUniversal employees get complimentary access to Universal theme parks, discounts on resorts, and early access to NBCUniversal movies and TV shows.
  • The Walt Disney Company made an initial investment of $50 million at the beginning of the year in an ongoing education program specifically designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees.
  • Oracle recognizes its developers as inventors and creators of "world-changing tech" and encourages them to file patents.
  • Netflix doesn't have policies on vacation time, paid parental leave, dress code, or expenses. "We trust our teams to do what they think is best for Netflix," the company says.