Tech, retail, and finance brands have been rated the most favorably by employees in Glassdoor’s latest edition of its ‘Best Places to Work’ list.

This week, the jobs and recruitment site released its annual list of companies with the highest levels of employee satisfaction, covering North America and parts of Europe.

The list includes six categories, honouring the best workplaces in the UK, U.S. (with two lists: one for large companies, and another focusing on small and medium companies), Canada, France, and Germany.

“Employers where employees love to work continue to prove that they have a recruiting and business performance edge,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder.

“Company culture and the employee experience are critical considerations for job seekers everywhere when deciding where to work. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are solely determined by the authentic voice of those who really know a company best – the people who work there. This really helps job seekers identify the best places to work,” he added.

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  1. Expedia (4.3 rating)
  2. ARM (4.3 rating)
  3. HomeServe UK (4.3 rating)
  4. Mott MacDonald (4.3 rating)
  5. Hays Plc (4.3 rating)

The top-ranked company in the UK is travel company Expedia – it’s the first company in the country to top the list twice, and is among only ten employers that have made the list for three consecutive years.

According to a review submitted by one of the company’s area managers based in London: “Amazing leaders, very accessible and communicating a lot with all employees. Flexible environment (cope easily with having children or other lifetime events).”

Gary Morrison, Expedia’s senior vice president of retail, commented: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by Glassdoor UK for the second consecutive year, particularly as the results are calculated solely from employee feedback.

“One of the main reasons our employees love working here is they are given a voice to directly shape our path and are invested in our success. We empower everyone at all levels to share their ideas and test and learn new ways to make the travel experience better, which, in turn, fosters a creative work environment.”

Among the 24 companies which made their debut in the list this year are HomeServe UK (#3; 4.3 rating), Peninsula (#6; 4.2 rating), and Salesforce (#8; 4.2 rating).



  1. Bain & Company (4.6 rating)
  2. Facebook (4.5 rating)
  3. Boston Consulting Group (4.4 rating)
  4. Google (4.4 rating)
  5. World Wide Technology (4.4 rating)

On the U.S. list, management consulting firm Bain & Company is the first company to be ranked #1 three times (2017, 2014, and 2012), and is among only three employers that have made this list for nine consecutive years. The other two employers include Google (#4 on the list; 4.4 rating) and Apple (#36; 4.2 rating).

An associate consultant with the company, who’s based in New York, had this to say about their employer: “Fast paced, dynamic work environment with fun and very supportive people. The company embraces driving results for their clients based on data driven insights. Personal and professional development is prioritized for every team member. Even at the entry level there are opportunities to work with senior executives at influential companies across every industry.” 

The list features winning employers across diverse industries spanning technology, consulting, travel and tourism, consumer goods, retail, food services, and more.

Fourteen employers are on this list for the first time this year, including Clorox (#12; 4.3 rating), lululemon (#38; 4.2 rating), and SpaceX (#40; 4.2 rating), among others.

Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year, with ratings based on a 5-point scale (1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).

Images via Glassdoor

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