Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Making It in San Diego: Local companies among nation's top employers

Making It in San Diego: Local companies among nation's top employers

Facebook, which was No. 1 a year ago, dropped to No. 7 for 2019, going from a 4.6 rating to a 4.5 rating among US -based employees.

A Facebook employee at the company's Menlo Park headquarters warned Glassdoor visitors not to believe all the negative press.

Meanwhile, 29 tech companies made Glassdoor's list of the top 100 places to work, more than any other industry.

Glassdoor's ranking algorithm takes into account a number of attributes from tens of thousands of employee reviews, including the company's overall rating, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, work-life balance, the likelihood it would be recommended to a friend, and a six-month business outlook.

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The list is based on feedback from employees who submitted a review of their company on Glassdoor between October 23, 2017 and October 21, 2018.

The company, although headquartered in Boston, has more than 90 locations in 50 countries. It rose a number of spots from last year's ranking of 21.

Facebook ranked top in 2018 but has since sunk to seventh spot, ahead of Google in eighth. The company has topped the list three out of 11 years. Others companies that made the cut are lesser known but are still providing exceptional experiences for their employees. LinkedIn (No. 6), Lululemon (No. 9) and Southwest Airlines (No. 10) completed the top 10.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was scheduled to testify before lawmakers on Wednesday, but the hearing is postponed due to the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. Significantly, while Amazon doesn't figure in the top 100 on the list, Microsoft is at No. 34 with a rating of 4.3 and Apple is at No. 71 with a rating of 4.3. In a year when the search giant faced a protest walkout by more than 20,000 employees and the social media platform's leadership has come under a harsh spotlight for its handling of users' personal data and role in the 2016 election, one might assume the decline is a sign of worsening employee morale. In its methodology, Glassdoor says it "is committed to the highest level of data integrity and reviews quality, including treating all employers equally, regardless of whether they are a customer of Glassdoor". One review cited the company's support of employee goals as a perk of employment.

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