12 Common Attributes of Glassdoor’s 2017 Best Places to Work Companies

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Jan 4, 2017

Best Places to Work

Each year, the folks over at Glassdoor put together lists of the 50 best places to work. Recently, they released their lists for 2017 for both large corporations and small- to medium-size businesses, as chosen by the employees who work for the organizations.

It’s safe to say that companies that earn a spot on Glassdoor’s lists are quite happy to be honored. In addition to getting a ton of corresponding free publicity — the lists are routinely covered by numerous news organizations and blogs — many would-be employees are undoubtedly encouraged to submit applications to these top companies.

Who wouldn’t want to work at a place that virtually all employees really love working at?

Just because your company might not have been recognized by Glassdoor doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck. Here are 12 attributes that the companies honored by Glassdoor share. Mimic as many of them as you can, and who knows? Maybe your company will be featured next year.


01. CEOs get rave reviews

The top-rated companies all have CEOs who are extremely well received; it’s very common for CEOs to have approval ratings in the high 90s. Employees like working for leaders who have great vision and are committed to building strong companies that solve meaningful problems. On the flip side, it’s much harder to be inspired by a CEO who talks a big game but is rarely seen as working hard — or even working at all.


02. Employees would recommend their company to their friends

According to our Engagement Report, coworkers are the number one thing employees like about their jobs. So it should come as no surprise that when employees love the companies they work for, they’re quick to recommend that their friends apply for jobs there too.


03. They offer great perks

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Unsurprisingly, the top-rated companies offer their workers incredible perks. These include flexible working opportunities, generous 401k matching programs, and lots of paid time off. Employees at these organizations also benefit from free food, affordable health insurance, and ample opportunities for career development, among many other perks.


04. Employees are optimistic about their companies’ futures

As Forbes points out, 70% of employees hate their jobs. If you’ve ever been included in that statistic at any point in your career, you know the routine. You hate showing up to work every day. You’re not too into the work you’re doing, and for that reason, it’s impossible to reach your full potential. As you look around you, the future of your company looks bleak. Employees who work for the top-rated companies have the opposite outlook for their respective organizations. They expect their companies to continue growing for the foreseeable future.


05. They have great organizational cultures

Work cultures are one of the highest things correlated with employee happiness, our Engagement Report revealed. The stronger and more enjoyable a work culture is, the more satisfied employees will be. This finding is backed up by Glassdoor’s research as well. Companies that are the best places to work have awesome cultures that many employees can’t imagine leaving.


06. Employees are engaged

Not only do all the companies named to the lists have remarkable ratings, their employees proactively took the time out of their days to anonymously review their organizations. The extra effort shows that they’re engaged. Great companies produce engaged employees who then work hard to make their companies even stronger. In turn, companies invest in trying to become even better places to work. The cycle continues.


07. Work-life balance is a priority

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If workers are forced to routinely burn the midnight oil just to get their regular job responsibilities done, chances are they won’t think about their companies in the fondest terms. The businesses awarded by Glassdoor, for the most part, have remarkable work-life balance ratings. These organizations understand the importance of giving employees time off to recharge their batteries and remain motivated.


08. They all maintain robust presences on Glassdoor

You can’t expect to be nominated as a best place to work if your Glassdoor page is incomplete or barely existent. All of the companies honored by Glassdoor have full profiles on the site. They post everything from job opportunities to pictures of employees and culture to company updates. If you want to have a chance to be listed on next year’s list, you need to start maintaining an active presence on the site.


09. They aren’t in the same industry

You might think every company that earned placement on the list is located in Silicon Valley. But you’d be wrong. Yes, companies like Google, Facebook, and Airbnb are some of the best places to work. But there are many companies from other industries represented too. This year, Bain & Company, a consulting firm, takes the top spot on the list for large corporations. In-N-Out Burger, Nestle, Delta, Keller Williams Realty, and Johnson & Johnson are on the list as well. In other words, no matter the industry you’re in, you can build a company that is the best place to work.


10. There are ample opportunities for career growth

Yes, today’s employees are interested in getting paid handsomely and having benefits and perks that are second to none. But they are also interested in furthering their own careers. While not all companies are large enough to offer employees opportunities to move up the ladder often, ones that are the best places to work appear to promote from within quite regularly.


11. They are routinely ranked highly

For the most part, the companies that appear on Glassdoor’s lists have been named to similar lists by them in the past. Great organizations understand how important it is to build great cultures that inspire their workers. They are committed to ensuring their employees are happy year in and year out.


12. They are all trending in the right direction

Glassdoor provides a historical ratings tool that allows you to see the progress — or lack thereof — a company has made over the last several years. By and large, the companies that made the lists this year are all trending upwards, meaning their employees, on average, are giving them better and better ratings. The best places to work become even better places to work as managers listen to their employees’ suggestions and continue doing what they can to improve employee experiences.



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