As one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites, Glassdoor's mission is to help people everywhere find a job and company that they love. The site is built on the "foundation of increasing workplace transparency," and has a growing database of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, interview reviews, and more, as submitted by employees.

In addition, Glassdoor is a great resource for company founders, executives, managers, and other leaders to gain an understanding of what's good--and bad--in their organizations, from the perspective of their very own employees.

For years, Glassdoor has released an annual ranking of the Best Places to Work, and this year's list has a few surprises.

Topping the list at #1 is HubSpot, a computer hardware and software company that helps organizations grow by building the software, resources, and tools these businesses need. Other top-10 companies include Bain & Company, DocuSign, and Southwest Airlines.

More surprisingly, tech titans Google and Facebook fell a number of spots out of the top 10.

Although other tech industry leaders like Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple also did not make the top 10, seeing highly sought-after companies Google and Facebook be bested by fast-food chain In-N-Out (#5) is surely unanticipated.

However, with In-N-Out being praised for its flexible scheduling and understanding supervisors, can it really be that big of a surprise that its employees are ranking it so highly?

As one In-N-Out associate explains, "They put forth a significant effort to advance your skills as an employee and help you climb the ladder."

For years, various companies and organizations have taken inspiration from the employee perks and benefits Google and Facebook have offered. But these days, unlimited snacks and open office layouts aren't as valuable anymore.

As Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor president, explains,

This year marks the shift to a culture-first decade in the workplace. Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards winners are employers that are prioritizing culture, mission and employees at the heart of everything they do. In turn, their employees have spoken and are recognizing them truly as the Best Places to Work in 2020.

This year's Glassdoor winners standout for prioritizing mission and culture for company operations. These priorities benefit not only the employees, but the employers too. As Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist, explains,

A growing body of research shows companies with outstanding cultures not only have a clear competitive advantage to attract talent, but they also often lead their peers in terms of financial performance.

Published on: Jan 10, 2020
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