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25 Best Companies to Work for in 2016

The Street logo The Street 29-12-2015 Laurie Kulikowski

Which companies are the best places to work, according to their employees?

Now in its eighth year, the annual list of the 50 Best Places to Work, compiled by jobs and career Web site Glassdoor, has some surprising stats this time around.

For one, neither Google (now Alphabet), Facebook, nor any of the other well-known tech companies occupy the top four spots on the list. In fact, the No. 1 company appears on Glassdoor's list for the very first time. Overall, 13 companies are newcomers to Glassdoor's Top 50, according to the company.

The list spans industries and geographies, not just those companies located on either U.S. coast.

Asked what mattered most in job satisfaction, employees had some common themes in their reviews and it wasn't just about their salaries.

Common themes included: feeling valued; companies having unique cultures that align with a clear direction and mission; being a part of a values-driven organization; having smart colleagues; great perks and benefits; transparent senior leadership and challenging and exciting tasks, to name a few characteristics most talked about in reviews on Glassdoor's Web site.

The list ranks companies based on feedback from employees about their job, work environment and company overall. Companies that were included in the list had to have at least 1,000 employees.

Here are the 25 best big companies to work for in 2016. Click through to see which company was ranked No. 1, its overall rank on Glassdoor (5 is the highest) and what employees have said about the company.

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25. Apple

Headquarters: Cupertino, Calif.

Employees: 110,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.0

Apple "designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players, and sells a variety of related software, services, accessories, networking solutions and third-party digital content and applications. The Company's products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV," among other things, according to its annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Glassdoor Review: "Benefits, team is amazing, management is wonderful, constantly learning on a daily basis. You work with people who are as passionate about what they do as you are- who are determined and destined for great things. Vacation, stocks, health benefits, etc. are wonderful!" - Apple Operations Employee (Cupertino, Calif.)

24. QuikTrip Corp.

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Headquarters: Tulsa, Okla.

Employees: 18,600

Glassdoor Rating: 4.0

QuickTrip is a privately-held chain of 700 convenience stores, located in 11 states across the Midwest and South.

Glassdoor Review: "The company awards you for staying with them, the pay gets better throughout the long run and starts off great as well. The company promotes through performance and NOT seniority. IF you do a good job then you are rewarded for it, simple as that." -- QuikTrip Trainer (Tulsa, Okla.)

23. Protiviti

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Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees: 2,900

Glassdoor Rating: 4.0

Protiviti is a global business consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts specializing in risk, advisory and transaction services. The company helps businesses solve problems in finance and transactions, operations, technology, litigation, governance, risk, and compliance. Protiviti is owned by Robert Half International, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based HR consulting firm.

Glassdoor Review: "Opportunity to work in various industries. Flexible work schedule, good health benefits, average base salary, excellent bonus structure. The culture/people are great and 99% of people are easy to work with and will help you with your career." - Protiviti Experience Consultant (Philadelphia)

22. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Headquarters: Salt Lake City, Utah

Employees: more than 10,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.0

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a Christian restorationist church that is considered by its followers to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. The Mormon Church has more than 85,000 missionaries and a membership of more than 15 million worldwide.

Glassdoor Review: "Working at the LDS Church has been the best experience I've had in my career. It is full of honest people doing great work. There is a sense of innovation and excitement to accomplish the work." - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Project Manager III (Riverton, Utah)

21. Delta Air Lines

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Headquarters: Atlanta

Employees: 80,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.0

Delta Air Lines provides "scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and around the world," according to its annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 326 destinations in 59 countries on six continents.

Glassdoor Review: "Clear paths for advancement. You really see how your work contributes to the success of the company. Industry leading profit sharing program and great flight benefits." - Delta Air Lines Principal Engineer (Atlanta)

20.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees: more than 10,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a cancer treatment and research institution in New York City, founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital.

Glassdoor Review: "Collaborating with world renowned professionals, excellent pay and benefits. Nurses are valued and respected." - Memorial Sloan Kettering Clinical Nurse III (New York, N.Y.)

19. AdobeSystems

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Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Employees: more than 13,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

Adobe Systems is a diversified software company. The company offers a line of products and services used by enterprise customers for "creating, managing, delivering, measuring, optimizing and engaging with compelling content and experiences across multiple operating systems, devices and media," according to Adobe's annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Glassdoor Review: "Outstanding company benefits -- the Employee Stock Purchase Plan is second to none. Extremely progressive company that values employees. I truly feel needed and wanted with freedom to make decisions and have support at all levels." - Adobe Employee (Lehi, Utah)

18. Riot Games

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Headquarters: Santa Monica, Calif.

Employees: 1,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

Riot Games is a privately-held video game publisher, most known for its League of Legends game. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., but also has 15 offices across the world. The company calls its gamer employee, aptly, "rioters."

Glassdoor Review: "Riot treats all of its employees incredibly well, from top tier benefits across the board, to the state of the art campus, free gourmet lunch and dinner. I really can't imagine a better place to work in games (or in tech around the greater LA area)." - Riot Games Senior Staff (Los Angeles)

17. H-E-B Grocery Co.

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Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas

Employees: 76,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

HEB Grocery Company, LP, also known as H-E-B Grocery Stores, is a privately-held regional supermarket chain. The company has more than 350 stores throughout the U.S. and in Mexico.

Glassdoor Review: "Flexible Hours. Ability to move up just as fast and much as you want depending on your self-motivation. Ability to find where you belong, department wise." - H E B Deli Representative (San Antonio, Texas)

16. Expedia Inc.

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Headquarters: Bellevue, Wash.

Employees: 18,200

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

Expedia is an online travel company, "empowering business and leisure travelers through technology with the tools and information they need to efficiently research, plan, book and experience travel," according to its annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Travel suppliers distribute and market products via our traditional desktop offerings, as well as through alternative distribution channels including mobile and social media, our private label business and our call centers in order to reach our extensive, global audience."

Glassdoor Review: "The atmosphere is positive, energetic and entrepreneurial. The combination of travel and technology creates a fast-paced and exciting place to be. Join us!" - Expedia Director (Bellevue, Wash.)

15. Power Home Remodeling Group

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Headquarters: Chester, Pa.

Employees: 1,450

Glassdoor Rating: 4.1

Power Home Remodeling Group is one of the nation's largest home remodeling companies with more than 1,450 employees and nine business locations across the United States. Since its founding in 1992, Power has served more than 250,000 homeowners with high-quality, cost effective home improvement solutions. Power accommodates a wide variety of exterior remodeling needs by offering customers windows, siding, roofing, entry doors, gutters and attic insulation.

Glassdoor Review: "Rapidly growing company with highly driven leadership. Inter-office camaraderie is a huge part of company culture. Multiple opportunities for upward movement in all departments within the company." - Power Home Remodeling Group Sales Support Employee (Chester, Pa.)

14. MINDBODY Inc.

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Headquarters: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Employees: 1,001-5,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.2

MINDBODY is a software company that provides tools and services to small businesses in the health, wellness and beauty industries.

Glassdoor Review: "It's a culture of happiness! I've never been in such a positive environment. Management encourages you not only professionally, but in personal aspects of life too." - MINDBODY Technical Support Employee (Pismo Beach, Calif.)

13. In-N-Out Burger

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Headquarters: Irvine, Calif.

Employees: more than 10,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.2

In-N-Out Burger is a private-held fast-food burger chain with approximately 300 locations in the U.S., mainly in California, the West and Southwest states.

Glassdoor Review: "Pay, hours, benefits, company associate appreciation, bonuses, incentives, the list goes on and on. Coolest president ever." - In-N-Out Burger Employee (Medford, Ore.)

12. World Wide Technology Inc.

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Headquarters: Maryland Heights, Mo.

Employees: more than 3,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

World Wide Technology is a technology company that serves the needs of large public and private organizations in the areas of big data, collaboration, computing and cloud, mobility, networking, security and storage.

Glassdoor Review: "Flexible Hours along with Telecommute Days. Family Environment, Fun and never bored, always work to be done! Benefits are excellent!" - World Wide Technology Employee (St. Louis, Mo.)

11. Eastman ChemicalCo.

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Headquarters: Kingsport, Tenn.

Employees: 15,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

Eastman Chemical is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.

Glassdoor Review: "Employees are encouraged to volunteer, and those opportunities are spent working side by side with management and company executives. A balanced work and home life are also stressed by management - and they grant you the time to make that happen. They truly believe that happy, fulfilled people make the best employees." - Eastman Chemical Administrative Assistant (Kingsport, Tenn.)

10. Zillow

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Headquarters: Seattle

Employees: 2,100

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

Zillow is an online real estate database company founded in 2006.

Glassdoor Review: "The views are amazing, the free food/snacks/drinks are great, and the benefits are great. I'm surrounded by smart people, and am constantly learning. Little red-tape and no business politics allow for us to immediately benefit the company and have a huge impact." - Zillow Data Scientist (Seattle)

9. Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

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Headquarters: St. Louis

Employees: more than 5,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a subsidiary of Nestle, is a manufacturer of pet food and pet care products.

Glassdoor Review: "People-oriented company. Heavy investment in employees and endless opportunities. Strong work-life balance and a culture that stresses open communication." - Nestlé Purina PetCare Audit Manager (Saint Louis, Mo.)

8.Alphabet (Google)

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Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Employees: more than 50,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

Google (now Alphabet) is an Internet company that focuses on search, online advertising, software and cloud computing under a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google.

Glassdoor Review: "Everyone works together to achieve big and have fun while doing it. The perks are unbelievable (food, massage, gyms, discounts, etc.) but the best part is being surrounded by such amazing talent. It's truly inspiring." - Google Interaction Designer (Mountain View, Calif.)

7. Boston Consulting Group

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Headquarters: Boston

Employees: 12,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.3

Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm.

Glassdoor Review: "The work is intellectually intense and challenging. Smart colleagues, great teams, excellent culture and some terrific clients."- Boston Consulting Group Project Leader (Boston)

6. LinkedIn

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Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Employees: 6,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.4

LinkedIn is a business and professionally geared social media networking tool to find and recommend job candidates, industry experts and business partners.

Glassdoor Review: "Our culture is about transformation, integrity, collaboration, humor, and of course results. This culture drives everything we do and is supported by the company's core values that every employee knows and lives each day. Our values are grounded in our members who come first always." -LinkedIn Senior Manager (San Francisco)

5. Facebook

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Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.

Employees: 12,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.4

Founded in 2004, Facebook is an online social media networking tool that has roughly 1 billion daily active users across the world.

Glassdoor Review: "The culture is really amazing and in my opinion even better than the media portrays it. The perks are wonderful, but the professional experience is even better! I feel the energy everyday working here." - Facebook Product Specialist (Menlo Park, Calif.)

4. HubSpot

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Headquarters: Cambridge, Mass.

Employees: 1,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.4

HubSpot is an inbound marketing software platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers.

Glassdoor Review: "Leadership places a heavy emphasis on employee growth across all divisions, from tuition reimbursement to offering opportunities to take on challenges outside your core responsibilities. Transparent culture from top to bottom. Management actually listens to employees, and makes quick changes to structure if/when needed." - HubSpot Employee (Boston)

3. Guidewire Software Inc.

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Headquarters: Foster City, Calif.

Employees: 1,001-5,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.5

Guidewire is a software developer for the property and casualty insurance industry. Its technology platform encompasses core processing, data and analytics as well as digital engagement to assist insurers.

Glassdoor Review: "Guidewire hits the sweet spot between 'startup culture' and 'big corporate culture.' There is the small company vibe, wherein you can talk to everyone and get things done. And there is enough room for flexibility in processes for individuals and teams to choose what works best for them, while having the support of the larger organization." - Guidewire Employee (Foster City, Calif.)

2. Bain & Co.

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Headquarters: Boston

Employees: 5,000-10,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.6

Bain & Co. is a management consulting firm that advisers executives on strategy, marketing, organization, operations, IT, and M&A.

Glassdoor Review: "Incredibly supportive culture with an incredible focus on learning and mentoring. Highly intelligent, down-to-earth and fun people. Focused on making a real impact for our clients." - Bain & Co. Associate Consultant (Boston)

1. Airbnb

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Headquarters: San Francisco

Employees: 5,000-10,000

Glassdoor Rating: 4.6

Airbnb is a Web site for people to list, find and rent vacation lodging.

Glassdoor Review: "The people that work here are some of the best I've met in my professional career. The culture is good. The founders are great people and I believe they have the best intentions for the company, the employees, and our community. There is a lot of opportunity to learn from different teams and possibly switch roles as departments grow and new team form." Airbnb Employee

"Amazing people, vibrant workplace, and an unbeatable culture that is real and not just something posted on a wall/website. I literally could not ask for a better work experience. Also, pay, insurance, perks, food, parties, and growth opportunities are top notch." - Airbnb Employee (San Francisco)


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