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facebook tops best employers list

For all the high-profile woes Facebook has encountered in recent months because of its botched $16 billion stock offering last spring and complaints by users about privacy, the social-media powerhouse remains an attractive company to work for. In fact, Facebook Inc. topped the latest list of best employers, as compiled by employment-information company Glassdoor Inc.

Facebook faces several legal challenges after a technical glitch on the initial day of trading in May prevented some trades from going through, angering investors and reducing interest in the shares. After lining up to pay the initial offering price of $38 a share, investors today are paying much less -- around $28 a share.

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Despite the Silicon Valley company's stumbles, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg remains at the forefront of social-media innovation and popular among his 3,200 employees. Trust in the 28-year-old's leadership abilities was one reason that Facebook employees rated the company so highly.

Pay Is Awesome, Even For Interns

As BusinessInsider notes, even interns at Facebook are paid handsomely, earning about $5,602 a month, or an annual salary of about $67,000, based on 28 reviews published on Glassdoor's site. That's about $25,000 more than the average U.S. worker, who earns $42,976.

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According to Glassdoor, Facebook employees also appreciate the companies' many perks and benefits, and believe in its commitment to "hacker culture" and ability to enhance the lives of the more than 1 billion current Facebook users.

But those characteristics aren't unique to any one company or sector, which may explain why on the same day that Glassdoor released its Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2013 list, competing website unveiled its 50 Happiest Companies of 2013, which didn't feature Facebook at all.

But Pfizer Tops A Rival's List

Topping CareerBliss' rankings? Pharmaceutical-giant Pfizer Inc., which has been plagued by lay offs.

In naming Pfizer the "Happiest Company in America," CareerBliss said its data showed that Pfizer employees particularly "enjoy the people they work with and the support they get" on the job.

The rival websites say they use different methodologies to determine scores and rankings, which account for the disparate outcomes, though the factors considered are similar. They include such things as pay, benefits, work/life balance, company management, and corporate culture and values, culled from reviews of employees posted on their respective sites.

Based on Glassdoor's data, here are the 10 companies that topped its Best Places list. (The complete list is here.)

  1. Boston Consulting Group
    Glassdoor score: 4.2
    Number of employees: 1,958 (U.S.)
    Headquarters: Boston

  2. In-N-Out Burger Inc.
    Glassdoor score: 4.2
    Number of employees: 10,000+
    Headquarters: Irvine, Calif.

  3. National Instruments Corp.
    Glassdoor score: 4.3
    Number of employees: About 6,300
    Headquarters: Austin, Texas

  4. Edelman
    Glassdoor score: 4.3
    Number of employees: 4,500+
    Headquarters: New York

  5. Google Inc.
    Glassdoor score: 4.3
    Number of employees: 32,500
    Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

  6. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Glassdoor score: 4.3
    Number of employees: 18,000
    Headquarters: Houston

  7. Bain & Co.
    Glassdoor score: 4.5
    Number of employees: 5,000+
    Headquarters: Boston

  8. Riverbed Technology
    Glassdoor score: 4.5
    Number of employees: 1,610
    Headquarters: San Francisco

  9. McKinsey & Co.
    Glassdoor score: 4.5
    Number of employees: 17,000+
    Headquarters: New York

  10. Facebook Inc.
    Glassdoor score: 4.7
    Number of employees: 3,200
    Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.

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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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The Minogue's

Just what I was going to say. I was looking at the picture, and trying to figure out what bothered me about it, until I realized that I don't see one female face. Is it that facebook only feels that men can handle this job????

December 16 2012 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like Facebook has issues with hiring women.

December 16 2012 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Village of Two

Maybe Best Employer for men - from the accompanying picture...clearly Facebook sucks as an employer of women

December 15 2012 at 5:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

best and no unions.... go figure

December 15 2012 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to luvcanarias7's comment

Might as well go fish too while thou be @ it.

December 15 2012 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the burger place sounds like a house of ill repute - how can a burger plce be a good company to work for - the others offer high skill jobs and very few of them - google and facebook - good for partiers

December 15 2012 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ga7smi's comment

Not every 1 can flip that burger to perfection. It takes many moons of practice. & getting them there onions sliced just right is a true gift too.
NOT 2 mention self control 2. Just imagine the self control it takes to not hack up a loo-gee on some self righteous , better then thee, know it all from some company down the street. Yep per reenies, it takes a lot.

December 15 2012 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The real # 1 employer is the government.

December 15 2012 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Where was Walmart on this list? LAST!!!!!!!!!

December 15 2012 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tim's comment

No way hose zay, they was not last, they came in 4,772 place. Have a nice day.

December 15 2012 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is that the same Bain at # 4 that the Dems. were bashing as an evil company? LOL.

December 15 2012 at 10:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to tms36's comment

Yep, karma always comes back to bite them in the butt, and this won't be the last of it, either! LOL!

December 15 2012 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joan's comment

Yea, ask Romney!

December 15 2012 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Do not know, do not care. Have a good 1.

December 15 2012 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best and biggest employer? The federal government, Highest pay, best benefit package, and you don't even have to actually do any work, just show up, and sometimes not even that!

December 15 2012 at 10:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't see any women, do they hire women? Aren't there laws that you can't discriminate when hiring?

December 14 2012 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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