Wouldn’t you like to have top talent fighting to get hired at your
Well, maybe not literally slipping on the brass knuckles—but regarding your
firm as the apex of their career dream list?
On Thursday, LinkedIn unveiled its annual list of the top 50 companies in
attracting and retaining employees, allowing ambitious organizations to
survey the field in a talent-hungry business world.
The professional social network compiled its report, “LinkedIn Top Companies 2017: Where the U.S. wants to work now,” based on billions of actions taken by its 500 million members. It ran
the data on three areas: retention, interest in a company's jobs, and
interest in a company's brand and employees, LinkedIn reports.
“These 50 companies span 21 industries and employ some 3.3 million workers
across the U.S.,” LinkedIn reports. “They are where professionals want to
Making the top of the list isn’t just about the perks dished out—though
there are plenty of those in the upper ranks. One factor uniting many
winners is that they offer inspiring opportunities, LinkedIn news editor
Laura Lorenzetti Soper said in a phone interview.
Challenges draw applicants.
“People want a great challenge,” she said.
Alphabet, which owns Google, is on track this year to use 100 percent
renewable energy for its operations. Amazon is swooping up Oscars and
figuring out how to deliver by drone. Besides, untold legions of digital
companies are apparently designing self-driving cars.
LinkedIn’s list scored mentions in publications nationwide. CNBC
reported, “Tech dominates the U.S. and India, while you'll find automakers on the
German list, mining and construction companies in Australia, retailers and
luxury giants in the U.K. and France, and popular local brands in Brazil.”
The goal of the list, however, is not so much to score PR points, but to
provide useful information about the platform’s users, Lorenzetti Soper
To maintain editorial independence, the team that compiles the list
excludes LinkedIn and its parent company, Microsoft. This year, the list
includes rankings for the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany,
Australia, Brazil and India, Linked in reports.
Here are the top 10:
1. Alphabet. No fair. Google not only dominates searches,
but its parent company wins here, kicking sand in the faces of its rivals.
It appears that everybody wants free gourmet food, free rides to campus and
2. Amazon? The company that recently won
three Oscars is on a hiring binge, LinkedIn reports. It helps to have
“leave share” that allows you to hand over six weeks of paid leave to a
spouse or partner who isn’t eligible for parental leave at their employer.
3. You again, Facebook? Readers, if you have skills in
software engineering, infrastructure, machine learning, data analytics or
marketing, you might have a future in the social media platform whose cat
videos and political rants drain years of productivity from every workforce
[EVENT: Employee Communications, PR and Social Media Summit at Microsoft]
4. Salesforce “allows employees to safely and openly share
opinions and resolve conflicts with an ‘Airing of Grievances’ feedback
forum,” LinkedIn notes.
5. Uber? You’re kidding. After steering its corporate car
through one PR pothole after another, Uber seems an unlikely addition—so
much so that LinkedIn has written up a case study, “If Uber is such a terrible place to work, why does everyone want to
LinkedIn notes that Uber offers employees monthly ride credits and provides
attractive equity plans to many on staff.
6. Up for drag racing? Tesla allows employees the
occasional opportunity to take a Tesla Roadster home for the weekend. Then
again, crash the company car, and you’ll ding your chances to move up to
7. Apple allows employees to replace their brains with the
latest model of iPhone. Just kidding! But it does hold employee events with
surprise musical guests and supplies free Apples.
8. Movie buffs, Time Warner offers film and television
pre-release screenings in its offices. Presumably, this does not distract
its highly disciplined workforce from their jobs.
9. If you’re a fan of the Magic Kingdom, The Walt Disney Co. gives employees’ families free passes
to all its theme parks. No word on whether employees get free Mickey Mouse
10. Comcast employees never have to worry about rate
hikes. It offers all full-time employees free digital television and
Check out the full list