Facebook, Google drop out of list for top 10 best places to work

Bloomberg | Updated on December 11, 2019 Published on December 11, 2019

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Facebook was rated as the best place to work three times in the past 10 years

Big tech companies like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, long seen as some of the worlds most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and employee benefits, are losing some of their shine.

The Silicon Valley companies dropped out of the Top 10 best places to work in the U.S., according to Glassdoors annual rankings released Tuesday. HubSpot In., a cloud-computing software company, grabbed the No. 1 ranking while technology firms DocuSign Inc and Ultimate Software were three and eight, respectively.

Facebook, which has been rated as the best place to work three times in the past 10 years, was ranked 23rd. Its the social-media company’s lowest position since it first made the list in 2011 as the top-rated workplace. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, was ranked seventh last year.

Google, voted best place to work in 2015 and a Top-10 finisher the previous eight years, came in at No. 11 on Glassdoors list. Apple Inc, once a consistent Top-25 finisher, was ranked 84th Amazon Inc, which has never been known for a positive internal culture, failed to make the list for the 12th straight year.

Microsoft Corp was one of the lone big technology companies to jump in the rankings. The Redmond, Washington-based software company moved to number 21 from 34 a year ago.

The annual list ranks companies using employee reviews on areas such as compensation, benefits, culture and senior management. Many of the big tech companies, including Facebook and Google, have been criticized this year for a myriad of issues, and in some cases employees have publicly opposed executive decisions.

At Google, employees have protested against the company on a number of topics, including the company’s intimidation tactics against worker organizers.

The results of an internal employee poll at the internet search giant, in February, showed that fewer employees were inspired by Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai’s vision than a year earlier. It also found fewer workers believe senior management could successfully lead the company into the future.

At Facebook, which provides employees with perks including free meals, corporate transportation and laundry services, like Google, workers have pushed back internally against leadership on some policy issues, such as the decision not to fact-check political advertisements.

Published on December 11, 2019
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