Glassdoor Best Places to Work List Released – But What Makes a Place the BEST?

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Key Attributes of Successful Companies and Happy Employees

Glassdoor has released a Best Places to Work list for 2013. The list, which is topped by Facebook, is voted on by employees and honors 50 companies each year in what the site calls the Employees’ Choice Awards. Employees anonymously review their company regarding career opportunities, compensation, work/life balance, and leadership.

Facebook topped the list because, according to its employees, they are challenged every day to do their best work and Facebook “truly believes in the mission to make the world more open and connected.” But what makes a great place to work so great?

For starters, there appears to be an underlying feeling of solidarity at the winning companies, including a professional culture in which the employees can truly thrive.

Other attributes of a truly “great” work environment:

This doesn't mean putting plants in your office. The environment in which an employee is engaged at the office can make all the difference. It’s important to ensure a candidate is a good fit for the company environment and culture BEFORE the onboarding experience in order to do what’s best for them and for their fellow employees. A wrong match can make things for a stressful atmosphere and lead to unprofessional tendencies by way of the employees.

We all like to claim that if we love what we do, we’d do it for free, but unfortunately that just isn’t the way the world works. Being compensated accordingly and on par with others in the industry can make an employee feel appreciated and secure in their position within the organization.

Room for Growth.
No one wants to get into a dead-end job. The ability to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas freely at work creates the sense that there will be opportunities to move up within the organization sooner rather than later. Companies thrive on people who aren’t afraid to speak their mind and think outside the box.

Clear Expectations.
It can be a turnoff for an employee to have to do a number of tasks that are well below their ability or were not remotely mentioned upon starting the position. Pay close attention to a person’s skill set and adhere to that skill set. This is not to say do not encourage the employee to grow or challenge themselves; rather, ensure they feel as though they are being properly utilized.


Other companies who topped the Best Places list (hyperlink) this year include McKinsey & Company (“great clients, interesting problem solving”), Riverbed Technology (“smart people in a collaborative environment”), Bain & Company (“amazing people, special culture”) and M.D Anderson Cancer Center (“great mentoring program”). Bain & Company topped the list in 2012.

Several other top places lists are being released this month, including Fortune Magazine's, in which Google tops the list.

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