Facebook named best place to work in 2013 by Glassdoor

12 Dec 2012

Online jobs and careers community Glassdoor has released its list of 50 Best Places to Work for 2013, putting Facebook at the top across all industries.

Now in its fifth year, Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards are determined by a company’s ranking by current and former employees on the network. Almost 500,000 company reviews and ratings from employees have been submitted to the site over the past year, and this year 20 tech companies have made it to the top 50.

Facebook, the list’s No 1 tech company for the third year in a row, also took the title of overall best place to work in 2013, reclaiming it from 2011.

Company ratings from employees are based on a five-point scale, with one being very dissatisfied, three being OK and five being very satisfied. Both Facebook and fellow tech giant Google achieved their highest-ever company ratings this year, at 4.7 and 4.3 respectively. However, this wasn’t enough for Google to place higher than third on the list, beaten to second place by networking hardware company Riverbed Technology.

Glassdoor’s Top 5 Best Places to Work in Tech

  1. Facebook (4.7)
  2. Riverbed Technology (4.5)
  3. Google (4.3)
  4. National Instruments (4.2)
  5. LinkedIn (4.1)

Amazon and eBay were named the most improved tech companies, having each increased their ratings by 0.6 this year. Microsoft also earned a special mention, thanks to CEO Steve Ballmer’s increasing approval rating. Ballmer’s rating jumped 17pc – more than any other CEO – to 46pc.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Groupon CEO Andrew Mason saw the biggest decline in their approval ratings, however, they are still on a par with the Microsoft head at 42pc and 52pc respectively.

Infographic - best places to work

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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