Google tops another chart as the best place to work in the US: Glassdoor

Tech companies accounted for 14 of the top 50 spots this year, down from 22 tech brands last year.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Google routinely finds itself breaking records, whether it be quarterly revenue rates or Android installations worldwide.

But at the end of the day, Google's success might stem from the simple but effective tactic of keeping its worker bees happy.

A new tally from online jobs community Glassdoor has crowned Google as the best place to work in the United States, based on employee feedback.

Glassdoor's "Best Places to Work" chart heading into 2015 counts the best 50 work environments across the country. Glassdoor stipulates that companies must have 1,000 or more employees as well as at least 50 approved reviews to be considered.

Tech companies accounted for 14 of the top 50 spots this year, down from 22 tech brands last year.

There were a few notable shifts and shoves this year, including Facebook's drop from fifth to 13th, LinkedIn's slide from third to 23rd, and Twitter, which landed in second place last year and is now nowhere to be seen.

Nevertheless, there are a few tech newcomers, including consumer tech wunderkind Bose and application service delivery provider F5 Networks. There are also some of Silicon Valley's stalwarts in the mix, including Qualcomm in 14th place, Adobe in 18th, and Apple at 22nd.

2014 marks Google's first time at the top of the heap since Glassdoor started publishing the list seven years ago, displacing last year's winner: global management consulting firm Bain & Company.

According to Google's Glassdoor profile, which includes 2,736 reviews at the time this report was published, 91 percent of employees posting to the forum would recommend Google as a great workplace and 96 people approve of CEO Larry Page's leadership and direction.

Many of the perks experienced at Google called out in reviews range from better opportunities for career development to all the free food one could imagine.

Still, there are plenty of cons called out, including troubles with work-life balance and even speculation that Google has grown too big for itself.

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