Google, Fool Top Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice List

Glassdoor top places 2015If your company hasn’t made a “Best Places to Work” list, you should be asking “Why not?”

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these lists. The Great Place to Work Institute has what is arguably the most prestigious. Companies spend tens of thousands to make the top 100, and even then, many don’t.

But that’s no excuse for not making some list. There are “best places” lists compiled by business journals and C of Cs. SHRM chapters have them, as do any number of organizations. Every state has one; some have several. And there’s one in practically every city of size, including in the Yukon, where Home Hardware made the list.

While the bragging rights are indisputable, so many of these lists are little more than fundraising efforts by the sponsoring body. A company can make the list simply by collecting employee votes.

Then there’s Glassdoors’ Employees’ Choice Awards. Culled from 800,000 anonymous evaluations completed in the 12-month period ending November 2, Glassdoor crunches the scores companies are given by current and former workers to come up with its own “Best Place to Work” list.

This year’s list, announced late Tuesday night, has Google on top. Not only is the company No. 1 in the U.S. for the first time in the list’s seven-year history, but Google is also No. 1 in the UK. The company is one of only five firms to make the U.S. list all seven years.

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Glassdoor top places SMB 2015In the small company category (fewer than 1,000 employees), The Motley Fool topped the list. for the second consecutive year.

According to Glassdoor, the rankings are derived from employee opinions of their company, both pro and con. Employees rate their overall satisfaction, how well they feel their CEO is leading the company, as well as key workplace attributes like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, and work-life balance. In addition, employees are asked whether they would recommend their employer to a friend and what their opinion is on the company’s business outlook in the next six months.


John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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3 Comments on “Google, Fool Top Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice List

  1. Seeing as how most companies in the US are still offering pay and off time packages that are barely two steps above what you’d get in a Malaysian sweat shop, I don’t think many will be on these lists, or even care if they make it on to such lists. There’s one thing that differentiates Google and other ‘top’ companies, though admittedly I’ve heard mixed reviews on this as well, but it’s their FOLLOW THROUGH on their marketing hype. They don’t just say they value their employees, they actually do a few things to show that is the case.

    Every company on the planet claims they value their employees. But the branding gap – the distance between what they say is the case and actually demonstrably is the case – is so massive at almost every company that it’s insurmountable. And the bigger the gap, the more likely people will see it for what it is, and develop negative attitudes towards the company. And, if the economy is truly turning around, these companies will soon learn just how full of it they actually are as their employees flee for greener pastures.

    1. Google is not worth working for. The cost of living in Silicon Valley is ridiculous and they don’t adjust upwards the starting salaries.

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