Best Companies To Work For In 2014

Yes, it may be a recession and the demand for good jobs may far exceed the supply, making this a prime market for employers, but that doesn’t mean you should just settle for the first position you are offered. While you sit in that conference room getting grilled on your experience, qualifications and what makes you the right candidate for the position, it’s imperative that you remember you are also interviewing your potential employer to figure out if they are the right company for you and if you can see yourself happily employed there.

One of the best ways to get a feel for the type of atmosphere within a company is to speak with employees currently working there. This is not always possible as you may not get the chance to meet with them during your interview process and even if you do, they may not be the most forthcoming with true information, since you are really a stranger to them.

Sites like Glassdoor and CareerBliss provide you with anonymous reviews of employee life at an assortment of different companies. 24/7 Wall St recently released a list of the top companies to work for, based on employee reviews of work and life balance, compensation, benefits, upward mobility and coworkers. Find out who made the cut below.

10. Boston Consulting Group

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.1/5
  • CEO rating: 95%

With over 9,700 employees globally  and $4 billion in annual revenue, BCG is one of the nation’s leading consulting groups and prides itself on valuing and helping their talent grow. A large amount of employee reviews stress how great their coworkers are and highlight this fact as one of the best benefits of working at the company.

9. McKinsey & Company

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.1/5
  • CEO rating: 96%

17,000 employees across the globe and $7.8 billion in annual revenue make McKinsey & Company another force to be reckoned with in the consulting field. While travel and work hours are common complaints (across this industry in general), employees praise the wide array of great benefits and the interesting work as great incentives to stay.

8. Southwest Airlines

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
  • CEO rating: 91%

Southwest’s $17.7 billion in revenue and nearly 45,000 employees makes this company a power player in the aviation industry. Employees seem to love the company atmosphere, great benefits and sweet perks like free flights.

7. Google

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
  • CEO rating: 96%

Google is known for  it’s crazy employee perks and with $59.8 billion in revenue, their nearly 48,000 employees sure are treated well. The company’s Mountain View, California office boasts bikes, scooters, a fitness center and 25 cafeterias. Other offices around the world offer some amazing bonuses too, yet diversity is definitely a problem here, as with most other technology companies.

6. Riverbed Technology

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.3/5
  • CEO rating: 94%

One of the smaller companies on this list, Riverbed still boasts $1 billion in revenue and 2,600 employees. Many employees love the encouraged work-life balance of the organization and top product quality, yet are not so satisfied with their salaries.

5. Bain & Company

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.4/5
  • CEO rating: 99%

Clearly one of the biggest attractions here is the beloved CEO, Bob Bechek. B&C’s 5,500 employees and $2.1 billion in revenue are proof of just that. The highest-rated consulting company on this list, employees appreciate the development programs and quality of workplace culture the most.

4. Insight Global

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.4/5
  • CEO rating: 94%

An IT staffing firm with almost $1 billion in revenue, Insight Global keeps its employees happy through great communications with their workers and efficient staffing practices that ensure great fits.

3. Eastman Chemical

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.5/5
  • CEO rating: 91%

A specialty chemical manufacturer, Eastman Chemical brings in $9.4 billion from its 14,000 employees. Workers love the work-life balance, great corporate culture and co-workers the most.

2. Facebook

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.5/5
  • CEO rating: 96%

If you’re reading this, most likely you’re part of the cult that is Facebook and have your own account. With $8 billion in revenue and 6,400 employees, it’s no wonder why this social media juggernaut is so prolific. Facebook often competes with Google for top talent, forcing both companies to do their best to retain workers. Employees here favor strong benefits, flat hierarchy and fast-paced workday the most.

1. LinkedIn

  • Glassdoor rating: 4.5/5
  • CEO rating: 97%

With $1.5 billion in revenue and over 5,000 employees, LinkedIn is the top company to work for in the US. High pay, free food  and great work-life balance make this company so coveted of a workplace.