Glassdoor Releases the Top Places to Work in 2018

The new year is upon us.  That gives people an opportunity to evaluate what’s happening in their lives and make changes.  Sometimes, those changes are physical.  Sometimes mental.  And sometimes, they are professional.

Now, professional changes could be simple in the way that an employee wants to make better choices are become more engaged with fellow employees and the workplace.  Those changes can also translate into changing jobs or companies.

As human resources professionals consider the changes they want to make in the new year, it is a good idea to review what other companies are doing and how they are succeeding.


As such, recently released the winners of its 10th annual Employees’ Choice Awards.  The winners make up the best places to work in 2018.  Glassdoor came up with the list by speaking with employees.  Those employees anonymously reviewed the company based on their job, work environment, and employer over the past year.

Here is the list of the 10 Best Places to Work in 2018:

  1. Facebook 
  2. Bain & Company 
  3. Boston Consulting Group 
  4. In-N-Out Burger 
  5. Google 
  6. lululemon 
  7. HubSpot 
  8. World Wide Technology
  9. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  10. Ultimate Software

For the purposes of this article, we will take a look at the top five.  We will take a look back at past rankings, give a brief description of the company, and will discuss positive attributes given by employees of each company.


Facebook has consistently made the list as one on the best companies to work for.  In fact, from 2011 through 2018, it has always made the top five… with the exception of 2015.

The company says it’s:

“…defined by our unique culture – one that rewards impact. We encourage people to be bold and solve the problems they care most about. We work in small teams and move fast to develop new products, constantly iterating. The phrase “this journey is 1% finished,” reminds us that we’ve only begun to fulfill our mission to bring the world closer together.”

Employees say Facebook offers incredible benefits, lots of autonomy, excellent compensation, and plenty of room for growth.

Bain & Company

Bain & Company has been in the top five of this list consistently for nearly ten years.

The company is a consulting firm with offices in 56 global cities.  Bain & Company works with executives from all industries to analyze, create, and deliver solutions.

Employees say the company focuses on smart talent and boasts an incredible culture.  They also say the company offers endless career options should someone decide to leave.

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group has been on the Best Places to Work list since 2009.

BCG is a global management consulting firm and leads competitors in advising clients on business strategy.

Employees say the company offers high-impact work, access to world-class clients, great training and development, and great salary and benefits.

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger has been voted one of the best places to work five times.  Those years are:

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013

The company defines itself as owning and operating about 250 popular burger joints located primarily in California.

“The chain's menu features just four basic items -- hamburgers, cheeseburgers, the Double-Double (two patties and two slices of cheese), and french fries -- but patrons are free to customize how their hamburger is prepared.”  

The company was founded in 1948.

Employees say the company teaches employees to be quick and think fast.  They also say the pay is good and management is encouraging.  The company also offers plenty of opportunities for employee engagement.


Google has been made the top 10 list every year with the exceptions of 2010 and 2011.

“Google is not a conventional company, and we don’t intend to become one. True, we share attributes with the world’s most successful organizations – a focus on innovation and smart business practices comes to mind – but even as we continue to grow, we’re committed to retaining a small-company feel. At Google, we know that every employee has something important to say, and that every employee is integral to our success. We provide individually-tailored compensation packages that can be comprised of competitive salary, bonus, and equity components, along with the opportunity to earn further financial bonuses and rewards.”

Of Google, employees compliment on its high diversity rates, the ability of employees to move around within the company, its transparency, and positive notes on work-life balance.

Now, also offers a list of small business making strides.

The top five Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For in 2018 are:

  1. Silverline 
  2. New Home Star 
  3. Next Century 
  4. Acceleration Partners 
  5. Zoom Video Communications 

In Conclusion

As HR professionals continue to ponder potential changes in the new year, one thing is for sure:  look to your employees for guidance.  What are some of the things you are doing that elicits positive feedback?  What elicits negative feedback?  What are the items employees desire management to focus on with the specific intentions of improving compensation?  Improving culture?  What about training, development, and transparency?

You don’t have to fix everything.  Focus on one big ticket item for the new year.  Go through a rigorous learning process and come up with a solution to put into practice.  Then for 2019, review where you are on the item.  If you have more work to do, recommit to it and finish it up.  If you can, or if you’re ready to take on something new, find a new goal and improve there.  At the end of the day, your employees will appreciate it.  And don’t forget, the road to success is a long one.  Be prepared to take on the change for the long haul.