Silicon Valley is filled with companies renowned for having well-paid workers, who get lots of perks and work in fantastic buildings with cafe’s, and numerous novel work and rest spaces. It probably comes as no surprise then that IT companies are also rank very highly on lists of great places to work – and not all are located in Silicon Valley.
If you are working in IT and looking for your next killer career move, check out these top companies. We have put together our recommendations of the best IT companies to work for considering the culture, perks and employee satisfaction.
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, worth over $512 billion, and requires virtually no introduction. As an employer it gets a 4.6 rating on Glassdoor, topping their entire 2018 Best Places to Work list. It is also number 3 on the LinkedIn Top Companies 2018 list. It continues to dominate headlines and constantly updates and overhauls its product.
As one employee says on Glassdoor: “It’s great working here — there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. You are working with very smart people who are energized and believe in the work they are doing. You will be rewarded for doing well, and for the company doing well. You are empowered and encouraged to wield influence and ship products that can literally affect billions of people, no matter what level you are at.” — Facebook Data Scientist (Menlo Park, California)
Facebook has over 25,000 employees globally.
Google is yet another giant of the IT world which requires no introduction. It also has a 4.6 rating on Glassdoor, and comes in at number 5 on the 2018 Best Places to Work list. Listed under its parent company Alphabet, it is number 2 on the LinkedIn Top Companies 2018 list.
Being the largest internet search site, it also controls much of the global digital advertising. Google employs around
80 000 employees worldwide, and receives about a million applications every year. It will open more offices across the US and hire thousands more this year according to LinkedIn.
One Google software engineer enthuses: “Extremely intelligent and competent coworkers, exciting products, great management, amazing perks (insurance options, food, discounts on almost everything), opportunity to travel.”
Salesforce offers a cloud-based business software service that helps companies manage their sales, marketing, and application programming projects. They topped the global list of best workplaces at www.greatplacetowork.com. It also made it onto the LinkedIn top companies list and Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work rankings, at number 15.
This company refers to it 30 000 strong workforce as its “ohana”, which means family in Hawaiian. It gives its employees warm feelings of care, giving back to the community, and teamwork, as well as being dynamic and innovative. “When you’re only focused on the product and not on the culture and not on your community, that’s when you can have a problem,” says the highly respected CEO Marc Benioff. The company also values professional development and excellence.
Adobe is a software company best known for PDFs and Photoshop, along with it’s other creative and design programs. It is another top company which appears highly on various lists for top places to work, and boasts around 18 000 employees worldwide. www.greatplacetowork.com identifies teamwork the friendly atmosphere, and pride in working for the company as its notable strengths.
It is a company which invests heavily in supporting employees gain skills and reach their career goals. Leadership skills are fostered in every employee, not just those in actual leadership positions. They also will support employees to engage in continued learning and pay for employees to complete various courses.
Adobe also recently reported that it achieved equal pay between male and female employees in the U.S. in late 2017 and in India in January 2018. This brings the company to 80% pay parity across all employees, and they are aiming for 100% by the end of 2018.
Cisco is a worldwide technology leader, delivering intelligent networks and technology architectures to solve its customers’ important business challenges. It is heavily involved in developing the ‘Internet of Things’. LinkedIn quotes CEO Chuck Robbins describing Cisco’s new intent-based networking platform launched last year, which can detect malware in encrypted traffic, as: “the most significant product launch in a decade”.
Cisco is on the LinkedIn the LinkedIn Top Companies 2018, and www.greatplacetowork.com cites Cisco’s key strengths as developing, resources to be successful and caring, when placing it on its global best employers list. The company employs around 74 000 staff worldwide.
Interestingly LinkedIn notes: ‘for Cisconians who want to find a new role, the company offers opportunities to swap 20% of their job with someone else — or 100%. They also “allow employees to select their own job title in the employee directory. You never know what job title you may find”.
HubSpot is a Boston based creator of sales and marketing software. It is also another IT company with a 4.6 rating on Glassdoor, and comes in at number 7 on the 2018 Best Places to Work list. CNBC says the company ‘prides itself on offering employees many opportunities to learn, try new things and grow their careers”.
One HubSpot customer success manager says: “There’s a culture here where, no matter your role, if you have something to say, your voice will be heard. The people working here are consistently whip-smart, super hard working and generally fun to be around. Come for the free candy wall, stay for a great career.”
This is another massive global player in software development, best known for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. As the owner of LinkedIn, it is excluded from their list of top companies. It does however rank on Glassdoor’s 2018 best places to work.
Employees are enthusiastic about the company and claim to have a great work-life balance. A Microsoft Group business administrative employee working in Redmond, Washington, says: “Food is great and cheap, work-life balance allows for me to actually be a normal person outside of the weekends. Benefits are next level, people are incredible, truly if you have ever worked at a place and loved it, I guarantee it is better over at Microsoft.”
NVIDIA is a technology company that designs graphics processing units for the gaming market. It has made it to the Fortune 40 Best Workplaces in Tech list, as well as being at 24 on the Glassdoor 2018 Best Places to Work list.
One NVIDIA senior network engineer says: “Working at Nvidia is fun! The working environment is great, colleagues are very helpful and extremely smart. Everything happens here at Speed of Light. Lot of amazing benefits that are best in the industry.”
VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies and provides cloud-computing and platform virtualisation software and services. well as being at 24 on the Glassdoor 2018 Best Places to Work list. It is also reviewed highly on greatplacestowork.com with 92% of employees saying their workplace is great and 98% feeling pride at working there.
VMware customer success manager working in Palo Alto, California, says: “the culture is amazing, work life balance is great, technology and products are great. We have extremely talented folks who are ready to go the extra mile for the customer. The compensation & benefits are one of the best in Bay Area.”
Dropbox provides cloud storage solutions to individuals and businesses. It now positions itself as a tool for creativity and innovation, as it continues to refresh and reinvent itself to grow its market share in the business world. It has over 500 million customers and $1 billion in annual revenue. LinkedIn has it placed at number 32 on its Top Companies 2018 list.
Fortune also has it on their Fortune 40 Best Workplaces in Tech, and quotes one employee as saying: “Dropbox really empowers people to drive impact and innovate irrespective of role, level or seniority. There is frequent and open communication from the C-suite which facilitates transparency into how the work you own connects to the broader business.”
Dropbox offers employees 32 hours per year time off to do volunteer work for causes they are passionate about, making it a good choice for socially conscious workers. They also offer to match up to to $1000 dollars for all donations to charitable organisations.