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


The ranking was decided based on employee reviews and ratings on Glassdoor, and of the 100 best-reviewed companies to work at, 29 were tech companies. Glassdoor publishes job listings and also has a separate "employer brand" service where employers tout their company on a website that sits on Glassdoor alongside any reviews.

Tech companies accounted for 14 of the top 50 spots this year, down from 22 tech brands last year. One review cited the company's support of employee goals as a perk of employment.

It is possible that Facebook slipped in the list this year because of all the controversies that have surrounded it. Meanwhile, one ex-staffer recently lamented that Facebook is failing to stop discrimination against black employees and black users.

Indeed, the difference between the top rated company and No. 100 on the list is just four-tenths of a point (4.6 to 4.2) on a 1 to 5 rating scale (with 5 being the best), making swings in the positions of employers on the list relatively common from one year to the next.

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Anglian Water came in at number 1 for the first time with a rating of 4.5.

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Some are household names, like Facebook - which was #1 on the 2018 list but dropped several spots following a scandal-filled year. This year it seems that the controversies and resulting internal tension have taken a toll at Facebook's work culture and the company has slipped in the ranking. In a statement reported by the Journal, the company said "it has been a hard period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company".

Other top US employers included Zoom Video Communications, Procore Technologies, and Boston Consulting Group.

Facebook no longer tops Glassdoor's list of best places to work. Workers' concerns - and protests - over how the military could use Google's technology contributed to executives' decision to pull a bid for a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon.

The tech company employees, once in love with free food, flexible works hours and resort like offices, have also started looking at how much time they are giving to their office and for what. Reviews are submitted by current and former employees.

"If it's really happening", he says, "you'll see the truth come out".