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LinkedIn Top Companies 2017: Where the US wants to work now

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From Amazon to Allergan and Salesforce to Starbucks, this year's LinkedIn Top Companies list spans 21 industries and employ some 3.3 million workers across the U.S. These companies represent brands we know and love as well as the firms that protect our devices and design our hip implants. Most importantly, these companies represent where LinkedIn members most want to work now.

The Top Companies list is based on the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn's 500-plus million members. Our data team, working with our global editorial team, analyzed those actions to come up with a blended score ranking the winners in each country.

Our methodology takes into consideration three main pillars to uncover the companies our members are most interested in now: job applications, both views and applies on postings; engagement, with employees as well as with the company directly; and retention, how many employees are sticking around for a year or longer. 

Click ahead to see LinkedIn's list of the Top Companies to work for in the U.S.

1. Alphabet

Google workers ride bikes outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, April 12, 2012. © AP Photo/Paul Sakuma Google workers ride bikes outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, April 12, 2012. Alphabet — still better known as its main division, Google — has a legendary culture. The bikes, the food, the foosball; you’ve heard it a million times. But those aren’t what keep the company at the top of this list. What does? The opportunity and resources employees are given to tackle massive problems, stretching from creating self-driving cars to impeding extremism.

Number of global employees: 72,000

A few words from the co-founder: “In the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant,” says Larry Page.

Going green: Alphabet set a long-term goal in 2012 to use 100 percent renewable energy for its operations. It’s on track to hit that goal this year.

2. Amazon

   © Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg    In the past 12 months, Amazon won three Oscars, grew its Prime service by some “tens of millions” new members and even delivered its first package by drone. Innovations like these take people and Amazon is on a hiring binge, with plans to add 100,000 new full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months.

Number of global employees: 341,400

Parents perk: The company offers “leave share,” which allows employees to give six weeks of paid leave to a spouse or partner who isn’t eligible for parental leave at their employer.

Woof-friendly office: Not only are dogs welcome at Amazon’s corporate headquarters, there’s even an on-site dog park and free treats.

3. Facebook

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo. © Dado Ruvic/Reuters People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo. Facebook’s empire is massive, reaching nearly 1.9 billion monthly active users. This kind of scale gives employees the power to experiment at levels never before imagined — well beyond the reach available to rivals Snapchat and Twitter, which have yet to reach 100 million MAUs. CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s accompanying vision for the company is equally big: to “build the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come.”

Number of global employees: 17,000

In demand job areas: Software engineering, infrastructure, machine learning, data analytics and marketing.

Intriguing interview question: One question Facebook likes to ask in its interview process is “What does your best day of work look like?” to get insight into what matters to a candidate and why.

4. Salesforce 

   © REUTERS/Robert Galbraith    Salesforce, the cloud-based business software company, famously had Buddhist monks consult on the design of its new San Francisco headquarters — and specifically set aside the 61st floor for employee and community events. This spirit of inclusion also motivates the company’s continuous audits of employee pay to ensure equal compensation across gender, race and ethnicity. It invested $3 million this year to close any gaps.

Number of global employees: 25,000

In service: All employees receive eight additional days of paid time off annually to give back to causes they find meaningful.

All in the family: Salesforce recently rolled out six months of parental leave to primary caregivers in the U.S.

5. Uber 

   © Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images    Uber’s steered from one public outrage to another lately, but the negative press hasn’t dulled Uber’s career-making potential. The company moved up one spot as job seekers continue to flood the unicorn with applications and professionals research employees in record numbers. Unique job appliers nearly doubled in February from a year earlier, according to LinkedIn data. For a deeper look into why Uber keeps attracting top talent even as its culture gets questioned, check out our in-depth look: If Uber is such a terrible place to work, why does everyone want to work there?

Number of global employees: 12,000

Big money: Uber is the highest-valued private technology company with a valuation of $69 billion.

Get acquainted: Worldwide nUbers, as new employees are dubbed, attend a three-day Uberversity program where they get to meet directly with the leadership team.

6. Tesla 

   © Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg    Want to work in autos? In tech? On the future? Tesla, has it all. Elon Musk’s brainchild recently surpassed GM and Ford to become the largest U.S. automaker, with a now $50 billion market cap. And now it’s not just an automaker. Tesla’s controversial $2 billion acquisition of SolarCity created what it calls the “world’s only integrated sustainable energy company.” 

Number of global employees: 30,000

Job openings: The company has nearly 2,500 open position globally, including titles like Energy Advisor and Thermal Systems Aerodynamicist.

Coast to coast: Musk announced that Tesla’s Autopilot feature should be capable of a fully autonomous trip from L.A. to New York by the end of the year.

7. Apple 

   © KPA/Zuma/Rex Features    Apple employees in Cupertino, California, are packing their boxes: a shimmering workplace oasis awaits at the new Apple Park. The office reflects the very heart of Apple’s sleek design philosophy. No detail was too small for scrutiny, from preventing reflection of vents or pipes in glass windows to designing doorway thresholds to lay level with the floor for fear that the bump could distract engineers from their work.

Number of global employees: 110,000

Services are on a roll: “Our goal is to double the size of our services business in the next four years,” said CEO Tim Cook. This includes iTunes, the App Store, Apple Pay, licensing and other services.

Buying in: Apple offers employee stock grants for all employees, including retail and part-time workers. Slightly more than 10% of its retail workers turn over each year — vs 80% for the rest of the industry.

8. Time Warner

   © Mark Lennihan/AP    Time Warner, which owns Turner, Warner Bros. and HBO, among others, is set to be acquired by AT&T for a whopping $85.4 billion, pairing its vast media and entertainment assets with the wireless giant’s 50 million customers. Entertainment is the heart of the company, and employees can keep up with the latest releases during film and television screenings at the office.

Number of global employees: 25,000

Set them free: HBO CEO and Chairman Richard Plepler stresses the need to “liberate talent to do their best work” on all sides of the camera. “It goes to our marketing team. It goes to our PR team. It goes to our talent relations team.”

No couch potatoes here: Time Warner’s Fit Nation program promotes employee participation in walks and runs, intercompany step challenges, triathlon training, and more.

9. The Walt Disney Co. 

   © Ryan Wendler/Walt Disney World    Not only is Walt Disney home to Disneyland — “The Happiest Place on Earth” — it also owns television properties like ESPN and ABC and hitmakers like Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. That’s a lot of creative talent and marketable properties under one (mouse ear-shaped) roof. While ESPN’s hit a cord-cutting-fueled slide, the film divisions continuously dominate the box office.

Number of global employees: 195,000

Better than a FastPass: Employees throughout the company get free passes to Disney theme parks for themselves and their dependents.

Behind the scenes: Once a year, in the early hours before guests arrive, Disney Parks employees race around Tom Sawyer Island in canoes, competing for annual bragging rights.

10. Comcast 

   © ASSOCIATED PRESS    If rumors that it’s planning a Netflix rival are true, Comcast may be well positioned to compete thanks to its 25 million high-speed internet customers at Comcast Cable and its catalog of award-winning programing at NBCUniversal. But to be successful, CEO Brian Roberts says culture “is the one thing I’ve got to get right.” Comcast brings that culture to life with programs like Comcast Cares, its annual community volunteering day.

Number of global employees: 160,000

On duty: Comcast has committed to hiring 10,000 people from the military community by the end of 2017.

Diverse supply chain: Comcast has spent $8 billion with minority and woman-owned suppliers since 2011, making it the only media and technology company in the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

11. Airbnb 

   © Jeff Blackler/Rex Shutterstoc    Hotel disruptor Airbnb is valued at $31 billion, but IPO watchers should exercise patience. CEO Brian Chesky will only say he’s “working on making sure the company is ready to go public,” mentioning a two-year runway, but not when it begins or ends. With the acquisition of payments start-up Tilt and an investment in the restaurant reservations app Resy, Airbnb is also moving beyond accommodations.

Number of global employees: 2,000

Get packing: Employees receive a quarterly travel coupon good for toward any Airbnb listing or experience worldwide.

Taking action: After a Harvard study citing discrimination across the platform, Airbnb hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review. One result: a new product team dedicated to reducing bias on the site. 

12. Netflix

The Netflix Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s surrounded by DVD mailers in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Netflix Inc., the largest online subscription video service, is expected to release earnings figures on April 15. © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg The Netflix Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s surrounded by DVD mailers in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Netflix Inc., the largest online subscription video service, is expected to release earnings figures on April 15. With a popcorn maker prominently displayed in the lobby of its Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters (alongside several Emmys), Netflix is as serious about entertainment as Wall Street is about keeping an eye on its subscriber numbers. Netflix is cranking along with plans to spend $6 billion on content and produce 1,000 hours of original programming in 2017. In line with that commitment, its new Hollywood office opened this year, home to 800 Los Angeles-based employees.

Number of global employees: 3,200

Cool perk: Netflix provides up to 12 months of paid maternity and paternity leave to salaried employees and does not track vacations or approve expense reports. 

Ooh la la: Netflix original movies will screen at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time this year. 

13. McKinsey & Company 

McKinsey & Company offices in Toronto. © David Cooper/Getty Images McKinsey & Company offices in Toronto. Management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. doesn’t publicize the work it does for its often high-profile clients in 22 industries, from professional sports leagues to government labor departments. While business schools are a primary feeder into McKinsey, the firm looks outside, too, bringing in team members with advanced degrees in fields like engineering, law, science and medicine. And for life post-McKinsey, the firm’s alumni career services tap into opportunities from 30,000 former employees spread across 120 countries.

Number of global employees: 25,000

Cool perk: The company offers consultants the opportunity to take up to 10 weeks off between projects.

Sample jobs: Advanced Analytics - Geospatial Data Scientist; Analyst - Process and Software Robotics; Big Data Architect; Consultant - Lean Manufacturing

14. Dell Technologies

© Patrick T. Fallon, Patrick T. Fallon As computing has moved from desktops to distributed, so has Dell. The company now fully embraces flexible working. Prefer to work at home? Set your own hours? Bring your dog to work? All kosher. And while you can work anywhere, Dell Technologies really wants to you to stay within the family, including subsidiaries like Dell EMC, RSA or Vmware: More than 40 percent of Dell’s hires are referrals from its own employees.

Number of global employees: 145,000

Going Green: Dell recently debuted recycled ocean plastics packaging for its XPS notebook, part of its goal to have 100 percent sustainable packaging by 2020. Dell is also the first in its industry to ban the export of e-waste to developing countries, use innovative packing materials like mushroom and offer free global recycling for consumers.

Getting in: Dell encourages candidates to connect with its recruiters via social media.

15. Workday

Dave Duffield, left, and Aneel Bhusri, co-founders of Workday in Pleasanton, California © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg News Dave Duffield, left, and Aneel Bhusri, co-founders of Workday in Pleasanton, California Finance and HR software company Workday is on a run, landing a string of major deals with the likes of Amazon, Walmart, and Target. The company prioritizes a strong corporate culture and its 6,600 global employees enjoy unlimited vacation, beauty trolleys (for their hair, makeup, and mani-pedi needs), and the occasional slide connecting them to the floor below (faster and more fun than the elevator, the company says). 

Number of global employees: 6,600

Now hiring: Workday tells LinkedIn it’s hired nearly 2,000 people in the past year and anticipates hiring another 2,200 in the coming year. Many of the openings are for software engineers.

Calling all four-legged friends: Workday is serious about pooches, featuring dog friendly offices, an annual Bring Your Dog to Workday party, dog walking services, and up to a $150 subsidy for shelter pet adoptions. 

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