People Really Love Working At These 10 Companies

Finding a job is hard; finding one you like can be even harder. There are many workplaces where the skeletons in the office closets don't come out until after you've signed on the dotted lines and started orientation. If you're looking for your next job, recommendations from peers might help narrow down good options. Start with Glassdoor's 10th annual list of the 100 best places to work , as ranked by employees. Getting an opportunity at some of these companies and organizations might seem like a long shot, but considering what people who actually spent time there have to say about it may help ground you. Glassdoor community expert Sarah Stoddard suggests that job seekers do their research — fact-based and anecdotal — before applying. To start, she advises that people learn whether certain companies fit their specific skills and needs as employees, and vice versa. Do they offer flexible schedules, unlimited personal time off, or a 401(k) match? Your priorities change as you move through life and work, and ideally, you'll get the benefits that make it possible to focus on the job at hand. After that, Stoddard says, take inventory of your skills. "At Facebook, the No. 1 Best Place to Work in 2018, we know they value skills over experience — their priority is to match you with a job that plays to your strengths and will offer strong career growth opportunities," she explains. "So, if you find out you don’t have all of the required experience, that's okay — this is your chance to prove you truly understand and connect with a company's mission and culture, and that you have identified how you can help move the company forward with your unique skillset." The elements of a company's culture aren't always obvious or straightforward, but talking to current and former employees, and asking good questions during an interview can help. Another thing you can control is your own narrative. If you make it to the interview stage, Stoddard advises being authentic and honest about what you can bring to the table. "Even the most brilliant individuals won't be completely successful in a role without being able to relate to the same mission and values as those around them at work." Keep reading for the top-10 companies reviewers found that special sauce. Facebook Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “Opportunity to build a product that billions of people use around the world. Great perks (health benefits, food, environment, transport, bonuses). Great culture focused on connecting the world.” — Facebook Software Engineer (Menlo Park, CA) “It's great working here, there's nowhere else I'd rather be. You are working with very smart people who are energized and believe in the work they are doing. You will be rewarded for doing well, and for the company doing well. You are empowered and encouraged to wield influence and ship products that can literally affect billions of people, no matter what level you are at.” — Facebook Data Scientist (Menlo Park, CA) “Surrounded by great people. Really interesting work. Amazing amenities. Good values woven into the fabric of the company. Transparent leaders who focus on the right stuff continually.” — Facebook Engineering Manager (New York, NY) Bain & Company Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “The people are the number one reason I love working at Bain & Company. Everyday I enjoy the company I am in and continue to feel inspired and challenged!” — Bain & Company Marketing Coordinator (Boston, MA) Boston Consulting Group Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “Highly prestigious, unlimited growth potential, top-notch training, peers are the smartest/most creative in the world, free food and drinks all the time.” — Boston Consulting Group Finance/Accounting Employee (Boston, MA) In-N-Out Burger Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “Extremely flexible with scheduling, you work with similar personalities so everyone tends to get along, you move up quickly, you genuinely feel appreciated 9 times out 10, free meal every day that you work, great pay and excellent benefits for a rewarding job!” — In-N-Out Burger Level IV Employee (Los Angeles, CA) Google Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “Extremely intelligent and competent coworkers, exciting products, great management, amazing perks (insurance options, food, discounts on almost everything), opportunity to travel.” — Google Software Engineer (Mountain View, CA) lululemon Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “Awesome team members. Ongoing personal and professional development. Ability to learn, grow, and develop - truly feels like you have ownership over the business and are able to contribute to the success of the store.” — lululemon Assistant Manager (Lynnfield, MA) HubSpot Company Rating: 4.6 Employee POV: “There's a culture here where, no matter your role, if you have something to say, your voice will be heard. The people working here are consistently whip-smart, super hard working and generally fun to be around. Come for the free candy wall, stay for a great career.” — HubSpot Customer Success Manager (Cambridge, MA) World Wide Technology Company Rating: 4.5 Employee POV: “I can't imagine many other companies are encouraging their employees to cross train with other departments, holding future leader classes, or investing in their employees as much as WWT does. The executive team is readily available to anyone who reaches out. They are very level-headed and down-to-earth people who put the company before themselves.” — World Wide Technology Business Development Analyst (Maryland Heights, MO) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Company Rating: 4.5 Employee POV: “The people here are fantastic and welcoming! It feels more like a family career than just a job. The researchers and facilities are top notch, and everything is collaborative.” — St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Associate Scientist (Memphis, TN) Ultimate Software Company Rating: 4.5 Employee POV: “The culture and the values are truly the foundation of this place. The culture of caring for People First comes from our CEO and it is felt and shared by almost everyone. Everyone is welcome, women are empowered, minorities are empowered. Hard work is recognized and pays off.” — Ultimate Software Specialty Support Specialist (Weston, FL) Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? 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