A dream job does not only come with a high paycheck, as evidenced by the 11 most prestigious companies to work for, which offer great benefits and perks, promising career advancement opportunities, and an amazing company culture. This is why more and more individuals are keen to evaluate whether a company meets their needs and fits with their values before they accept any job offer, regardless of how lucrative the salary is.
Employers are also applying a creative approach to project themselves as one of the best employers to work for, in an effort to attract the best talent. According to an article published by Forbes, there are five major factors that employees consider when deciding whether to accept or let go of a job. These are: a high paycheck, good health insurance, work-life balance, availability of professional development and opportunities for advancement, and a sense of purpose.
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Our list of the 11 most prestigious companies to work for was sourced from a listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For compiled by Great Place to Work. This group produces an annual list of the best Fortune 100 Companies to Work For, as well as a number of other lists showcasing the Best Workplaces in several industries. The rankings were determined through feedback given by over 232,000 employees of the companies certified by Great Place to Work. Each of these companies is comprised of more than 1,000 employees. Moreover, Great Place to Work ranked these companies based on the analysis of their Culture Audit questionnaire and Trust Index survey.
Based on the employees’ assessment of their workplaces, the 11 most prestigious companies to work for in 2017, in no particular order, are Acuity Insurance Inc. (a Mutual Insurance company), Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., Edward Jones Money Market Fund Retirement Shares, Genetech, Inc., Google of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Quicken Loans Inc., Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE:CRM), The Boston Consulting Group Inc., The Ultimate Software Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTI), and Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Specifically, the list features companies which provide a great level of support to both the personal and professional lives of their employees, allowing them to uphold authentic relationships within the workplace and promote quality communication and honesty among managers. Check out the list beginning on the next page.
11. Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.
Known as one of the country’s premier consulting firms, Kimley-Horn offers a wide range of planning, engineering and design services and has 2,822 employees in more than 75 offices in the U.S. 96% of these employees are highly satisfied with their workplace. Some of the unique offerings of the company to its employees include: stellar retirement benefits, year-end bonuses both for the full-time and part-time employees, and specialized training programs.
10. Quicken Loans Inc.
America’s biggest FHA mortgage provider and the second-biggest mortgage lender, enjoys the support of 95% of its employees, who are highly satisfied in their workplace. 97% of the company’s employees also feel good as to how they are able contribute to the community. Some of the unique offerings of the company to its employees are its Live Downtown Program that helps employees find residences in Detroit, Bullet Time, allowing team members to innovate, and free trips for vacation.
9. Acuity Insurance Inc.
Operating in 25 states, this property and casualty insurance company is composed of 1,207 employees in total. 96% of its employees are highly satisfied in their workplace. Some of the unique offerings of the company to its employees are its Magic Happens Program, which recognizes 20 to 30 employees a month, its Lunch with an Acuity Officer program for 10 to 15 employees, and its Wellness Program.
8. Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE:CRM)
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Salesforce is recognized as the world’s top CRM system, enabling companies to manage business relationships on a whole new level. It is composed of 22,070 employees and 94% of them are highly satisfied in their workplace. Some of the unique offerings of the company include getting seven paid days off to volunteer for a philanthropic cause of the organization; Salesforce Trailhead, to develop the talents of its employees; and its Wellness Reimbursement Program.
7. The Ultimate Software Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTI)
As an information technology company, the Ultimate Software Group supports around 30 million accounts on its cloud platform. With 23 sites in the U.S, the company is composed of 3,126 employees, and 97% of them are highly satisfied in their workplace. Some of the company’s employee perks include 100% paid medical coverage for employees and their family members; Employer-Paid Medical Coverage; 100% Equity Participation, making the employees owners through restricted stock units (RSUs); and rewards trips to luxurious places.
6. Genetech Inc.
A distinguished biotechnology company, Genentech is committed to discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing treatments for patients with serious medical conditions. The company has a total of 14,815 employees, 93% of which are highly satisfied in their workplace. Some of the perks from working at company include paid leaves for expectant mothers; an employee center with facilities like a fitness center, zen garden, and Campus Health Center; and programs that promote a giving culture to encourage employees to give back to their communities.
5. Edward Jones Money Market Fund Retirement Shares
With 14,000 financial advisors, Edward Jones is known to provide different types of investment options to individual investors. In total, the company is composed of 39,907 employees and 95% are highly satisfied in their workplace. Some of the benefits that the company offers to its employees are partnership or ownership; mentoring for everyone to succeed; and career-long development.
4. Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Robert W. Baird is an employee-owned financial services firm known to provide capital markets, wealth management, private equity, and asset management services. Having 122 sites in the U.S, it is composed of 3,196 employees with 94% of them regarding the organization as a highly satisfying workplace. Some of the company’s offerings to its employees are the opportunity to buy stock in the company; the availability of six tier health plan premiums; and flexible work arrangement.
3. The Boston Consulting Group Inc.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, this management consulting firm is regarded as one of the world’s top advisors on business strategies. 96% of its employees are highly satisfied with their workplace. The company offers industry-leading health care benefits; continuous growth from on-the-job coaching, personalized mentorship, and focused training sessions; and cross-office opportunities abroad.
2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Operating 90 locations across U.S, this company is made up of 46,800 employees who live its mission to help people live healthier lives through food. 94% of its employees are highly satisfied in their workplace, thanks the company’s offerings of a flexible schedule to keep an appealing work/life balance; empowerment to employees by putting their ideas into action through various programs; and development opportunities through online training, department universities, and workshops.
1. Google of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Renowned for being a multinational technology company, Google continues to stand firm in its commitment to significantly improve the delivery of information to people. It upholds its mission through the support of its 66,575 employees, 97% of which rated the company as a highly satisfying workplace, ranking it first on our list of the 11 most prestigious companies to work for.
Some of the unique offerings of the company to its employees are comprehensive healthcare benefits; the opportunity to contribute to the community through Google Disaster Corps; pay equity among Googlers; and an open culture that allows every employee to share their ideas and opinions through an internal application called Dory.