Best Places To Work In 2014

Glassdoor releases its annual list and 7 of top 10 are digital companies

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The unemployment rate has hit a five-year low, and employers are steadily adding around 200,000 jobs a month. Of course, problems persist in the labor market. But with signs of improvement, many job seekers may feel the time is right to shoot for the stars and try to land a job with their dream employer.

So which are the best? The employment website Glassdoor has just released its annual list of the best places to work for 2014. The list is based on more than half a million reviews submitted by workers to Glassdoor over the last year. The results are divided into two lists -- most popular employers with more than 1,000 workers and another list for smaller firms with at least 250 workers.

Workers are asked to rate their general satisfaction, as well as opportunities for growth, compensation and the benefits offered by their company. The workers are also asked if they would recommend their workplace to a friend and how they view the company's business outlook. The results are then used to compute a rating ranging from one to five.

Are there any larger trends from the results? The majority of the highest-rated employers from both lists are tech companies, with the hottest brands powering the digital revolution ranking near the top. In fact, seven of the ten employers on the main best places to work list are digital companies.

And according to Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert, one common policy shared by many of the most popular companies is a rejection of top-down hierarchy. "One of Twitter's core principles is 'fearless communication,' which means senior leaders must be open to discussions with all workers," Dobroski told AOL Jobs in an interview. "This of course makes sense at Twitter, where anyone can tweet at anyone. And it sounds so simple, but one-way communication from the bosses on down is the norm at most companies."

Twitter, as it turns out, is the highest-performing of the companies -- appearing on the list for the first-time. But American standard-bearers like Disney made their debut on the list, now in its sixth year of being published. (Disney registered as number 42.)

Life, of course, is far from perfect at even the most the most famous and highly-ranked companies. As Business Insider has reported, the male dominated Google has been criticized for promoting a culture of "arrogance," according to reviews submitted to Quora. "Everybody believes he is better than his neighbor. So it is really hard to discuss any issue unless it is your friend you are talking to," one unnamed employee wrote on a recent Quora thread. Google was also slammed for not letting employees work remotely, cramped office spaces and being so large it's easy to feel lost.

Google, however, is still Google, and appears on the list. See below for the top ten from each list.

Best Medium-Sized Places To Work

10. Logos Bible Software

About: The Bellingham, WA,-based employer provides a digital library to enable electronic Bible study.
Glassdoor rating: 4.3

Find out more about Logos Software.

9. Paylocity

About: Based out of Arlington Heights, Il., Paylocity offers a host of services, including payroll services, software and cloud technology.
Glassdoor rating: 4.4

Find a job now at Paylocity.

8. Fast Enterprises

About: Based out of Arlington Heights, Il., Paylocity offers a host of services, including payroll services, software and cloud technology.‚Äč
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find a job now at Fast Enterprises.

7. SirsiDynix

About: Based out of Lehi, Utah, SyrsiDynix offers software and related solutions for libraries.
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find out more about SirsiDynix.

6. MediaMath

About: Based out of New York, MediaMath develops digital marketing tools.
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find out more about MediaMath.

5. Paycom

About: Paycom is applying new technology to the human capital management industry.
Glassdoor rating: 4.6

Find out more about Paycom.

4. Cornerstone OnDemand

About: Cornerstone OnDemand provides on-site workplace tools for subjects like performance management.
Glassdoor rating: 4.6

Find a job now at Cornerstone OnDemand.

3. Travelzoo

About: Travelzoo publishes deals online for travel and entertainment.
Glassdoor rating: 4.7

Find out more about Travelzoo.

2. SmartBear Software

About: SmartBear tests software products.
Glassdoor rating: 4.7

Find out more about SmartBear Software.

1. The Motley Fool

About: Motley Fool provides analysis on the finance sector.
Glassdoor rating: 4.8

Find out more about The Motley Fool.



Best Larger-Sized Places To Work

10. Nestlé Purina


About: Nestlé Purina is the world's largest pet food company.
Glassdoor rating: 4.3

Find out more about Nestlé Purina.


9. Orbitz

About: Orbitz is a travel and technology company.
Glassdoor rating: 4.3

Find out more about Orbitz.

8. Google

About: Google is a web search and information technology company.
Glassdoor rating: 4.3

Find out more about Google.

7. Interactive Intelligence

About: Interactive Intelligence offers software that helps integrate a range of communications systems.
Glassdoor rating: 4.3

Find a job now at Interactive Intelligence.

6. Guidewire

About: Guidewire offers software for insurance carriers.
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find out more about Guidewire.

5. Facebook

About: Facebook is the social networking company.
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find out more about Facebook.

4. Eastman

About: Eastman produces chemicals used in the transportation and construction sectors.
Glassdoor rating: 4.5

Find out more about Eastman.

3. LinkedIn

About: LinkedIn is the professional social networking website.
Glassdoor rating: 4.6

Find out more about LinkedIn.

2. Twitter

About: Twitter is the social media information network.
Glassdoor rating: 4.6

Find out more about Twitter.

1. Bain & Company

About: Bain is a financial consulting firm.
Glassdoor rating: 4.6

Find out more about Bain & Company.

The full lists of Glassdoor's best places to work.

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