Glassdoor® Announces Employees’ Choice Award Winners, Recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2016

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Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced the winners of its eighth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2016 across North America and parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review, about their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

This year, Glassdoor has expanded its Employees’ Choice Awards program to include six categories, honoring the Best Places to Work across the U.S., Canada, UK, France and Germany. There are two categories in the U.S.: 50 Best Places to Work (honoring employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For (honoring employers with less than 1,000 employees). Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year. (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied):

The top five Best Places to Work in 2016 are:

  1. Airbnb (#1, 4.6 rating)
  2. Bain & Company (#2, 4.6 rating)
  3. Guidewire (#3, 4.5 rating)
  4. Hubspot (#4, 4.4 rating)
  5. Facebook (#5, 4.4 rating)

The top five Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For in 2016 are:

  1. Madwire (#1, 4.9 rating)
  2. Grand Rounds (#2, 4.9 rating)
  3. CloudLock (#3, 4.9 rating)
  4. Instructure (#4, 4.9 rating)
  5. WillowTree (#5, 4.7 rating)

“The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are the only workplace awards that recognize employers where people love to work solely based on the authentic voice of those who really know a company best – the employees. For anyone hoping to find a job and company they love, these companies stand tallest for providing outstanding work environments and company cultures,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “I am proud to expand these awards across North America and parts of Europe this year and to celebrate the 2016 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards winners in earning this tremendous achievement.”

Glassdoor’s 50 Best Places to Work in 2016 list features winning employers across diverse industries, spanning technology, consulting, travel and tourism, retail, food services and more. Airbnb (#1, 4.6 rating) is among 13 employers debuting as Best Places to Work this year, along with Expedia (#16, 4.1 rating), Delta Air Lines (#21, 4.0 rating) and Red Bull (#46, 3.9 rating), among others. Google, last year’s #1 employer with a 4.5 rating, ranks #8 this year with a 4.3 rating and is among only four employers that have made this list for eight consecutive years. Others that have made this list since its debut in 2008 include: Bain & Company (#2, 4.6 rating), Apple (#25, 4.0 rating) and Chevron (#39, 4.0 rating).

On the 2016 list of the 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For, the top 5 employers are all newcomers to this list.

When an employee submits a company review on Glassdoor, he or she is asked to give their opinion on some of the best reasons to work for their employer (pros), any downsides (cons), and is encouraged to provide advice to management. Employees are also asked to rate how satisfied they are with their employer overall, rate their CEO, as well as rate five key workplace attributes, including career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, senior management and work-life balance. In addition, employees are asked whether they would recommend their employer to a friend and what their opinion is of the employer’s business outlook in the next six months.

Employees’ Choice Award winners for the 2016 Best Places to Work and Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, taking into account the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between November 3, 2014 and November 1, 2015. At a minimum, employers considered for the large list must have received at least 75 company reviews, and companies considered for the small & medium list must have received at least 25 company reviews, respectively, during the eligibility period. For reporting simplicity, ratings are displayed to the nearest tenth, though calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine final rank. Complete report methodology can be found and downloaded here:

SEE THE 2016 WINNERS: All winning employers across this year’s six categories can be found by visiting:

VIDEOS: See links below for video interviews showcasing what employees and senior leaders at several of the winning employers have to say about their workplaces


About Glassdoor

Glassdoor is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. For employers, Glassdoor offers recruiting and employer branding solutions to help attract high-quality candidates at a fraction of the cost of other channels. In addition, Glassdoor operates one of the most popular job apps on iOS and Android platforms. The company launched in 2008 and has raised approximately $160 million from Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, and others.

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