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The Best Companies to Work for in 2017

The Best Companies to Work for in 2017

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Do you want to work for a great company? Or maybe you already work for one of these fantastic companies. Every year Fortune surveys companies and their employees (this is important), crunches the numbers and comes up with the best companies to work for. They released the complete list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for and while a lot is what you expect–Google is number 1 for the 8th time in 11 years, there are some newcomers to the list as well. Here are the top 10:

  1. Google
  2. Wegmans Food Markets
  3. The Boston Consulting Group
  4. Baird
  5. Edward Jones
  6. Genentech
  7. Ultimate Software
  8. Salesforce
  9. Acuity
  10. Quicken Loans

Why You Should Pay Attention to This List

There are many lists of great companies and all should be looked at, but Fortune’s list is the gold standard. Why? Because Fortune surveys a random sample of employees. Other lists often rely on voluntary reports (such as Glassdoor’s lists), or strictly asking the company to fill out an application (such as Working Mother’s list).

But, Fortune, takes a random survey of employees. This gives a real insider’s look at what is going on–companies can’t claim benefits that are on the books but not readily available, for instance. And managers can’t put pressure on people to write positive reviews nor can a couple of disgruntled former employees skew the results.

What Are the Awesome Things About Working For These Top Companies?

Google is known for its awesome perks, like haircuts and laundry services, but it also has great parental-leave policies which encourage moms to come back.

Wegmans’ employees say they “feel like family.” In the interest of full disclosure, I worked for Wegmans years ago, and part of my job was to ensure that we paid more than all our competitors. I don’t know if that job still exists, but I do know employees still love working there.

The Boston Consulting Group’s employees feel that they have great opportunities for career growth, and the company offers great benefits including telecommuting and $5 co-pays.

Baird is famous for it’s “no assholes” policy, which is a good enough reason to enjoy working there. A majority of employees (two-thirds) are company shareholders, which changes the feeling of working for a company.

Edward Jones focuses on training employees, which not only helps employees learn and grow, it undoubtedly makes for more productive employees.

Genentech employees feel they are all working together in their mission of “making drugs for life-threatening illnesses.”

Ultimate Software employees get restricted stock from day one, and employees report that they feel lucky to work there.

Salesforce employees say that their CEO “truly leads by example.” How many CEOs receive the same praise from their employees?

Acuity may have a “jeans-friendly dress policy” and employee-directed charitable giving, but the coolest thing has to be a 65 foot Ferris wheel inside its headquarters.

Quicken Loans is sports focused, which includes giving employees tickets to local sports events.

If you want to learn about what life is like at the other 90 companies on the list, the entire list is available at Fortune. One of the interesting data points that Fortune collects is the number of open positions, so it may well be that there is a spot open for you.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.
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