Facebook's year of controversy appears to have taken its toll on the company's consistent top ranking in Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list.
The 2019 Best Places to Work would have been the fourth year in a row that Facebook occupied one of the top five places in Glassdoor's US rankings, which is now held by consulting firm Bain & Company.
Facebook ranked top in 2018 but has since sunk to seventh spot, ahead of Google in eighth. The search giant's ranking is also down from fifth place in 2018.
Facebook's overall rating fell from 4.6 out of 5 at the end of last year to 4.5 today, which follows a year of public controversies over its handling of election meddling and for allowing data on 87 million users to be shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Only a month before the Cambridge Analytica scandal surfaced, Facebook's head of HR, Janelle Gale, shared the secrets of its success in Glassdoor's ranking, highlighting that employees are told from day one that they should own and contribute to company culture.
Google's overall rating fell from 4.6 to 4.4 over the year, with it too facing a year of unrest among employees, including worker protests over its work on the Pentagon's AI Project Maven and the global walkout over its handling of sexual harassment by top executives.
Glassdoor relies on anonymous employee reviews for its rating system. As expected, there are conflicting reviews about all large companies. Some Googlers vouch that it supports a good work-life balance, while others complain that it's poor.
One Googler in New York notes that the company's growing pains include "bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension, though nothing remotely approaching Microsoft's internal tension".
A Facebook employee at the company's Menlo Park headquarters warned Glassdoor visitors not to believe all the negative press. "While some of it may be deserved, a lot of it feels sensationalist," the employee wrote.
As noted by ZDNet sister site CNET, there are 29 tech companies in the top 100 this year, including LinkedIn in sixth place, Salesforce 11th, SAP 27th, Adobe 30th, Microsoft 34th, Nvidia 36th, VMware 51st, T-Mobile 59th, Cisco 69th, Apple 71st, Texas Instruments 77th, NetApp at 82nd, and HP Inc 87th.
The last time Twitter was among the top 100 US large companies was 2016 when it was ranked 26th. Major tech firms missing from the top 100 for the past few years include Oracle and IBM.
Glassdoor's 2019 top 10 places to work:
- Bain & Company
- Zoom Video Communications
- In-N-Out Burger
- Procore Technologies
- Boston Consulting Group
- Southwest Airlines
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