Bragging rights ahoy: Facebook is ‘world's best employer'

A job is what you make of it. No matter the environment, the people and the work you’re doing. As long as you’re happy, that’s what will make your day fly in, you’ll love your work and your employers will be getting the best from you. Now it seems that Facebook is getting the best out of its employees.


This is how Facebook's offices look(ed) - cluttered, but fun!

A recent survey completed by Glassdoor, who describe themselves as a “free job and career community,” has found that of all the employees that responded to the survey, Facebook tops the list as the best place to work. The closest comparable employer to them, Google, ranks as 6th on the list.

Currently, Facebook employs around 4000 people, and for the Glassdoor survey 428 responded to help catapult the social networking giant to the top of the table. Microsoft didn’t even make the top 50 and Citrix and Intel could only manage 23rd and 31st respectively.

So, why have Facebook’s employees rated their employer so highly? According to a current product manager, you are “challenged every day to do your best work.” We’ve sure annual video game day helps too, not to mention a $4,000 bonus for new parents.

All this being said though, the major and often cited ‘Top 100’ lists that arrive around this time of year paint a very different picture of life in Facebook. Fortune’s Top 100 have Google at number 1 and Microsoft at 75. Facebook, along with other giants such as Apple and IBM, didn’t make the list at all!

Source: Glassdoor
Via: IABUK | Image courtesy of Izismile

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Privacy aside, there is the noise factor. Both visual and auditory. That is a great work layout for getting nothing done quickly. I would require a pair of Peril Sensitive Sunglasses to survive that workspace, with a matching pair of earplugs (that sadly do not exist).

I HATE these "open" environments. Software development is an activity that requires concentration, and you can't achieve much of that when you can hear every conversation and witness every move of everyone in the entire office. I've lived this for 12 months and couldn't stand it anymore, now where I work we have closed offices of 2-3 employees each, this is ideal IMO. You get the close collaboration with your immediate teammates AND the quiet you need to work.

Dr_Asik said,
I HATE these "open" environments. Software development is an activity that requires concentration, and you can't achieve much of that when you can hear every conversation and witness every move of everyone in the entire office. I've lived this for 12 months and couldn't stand it anymore, now where I work we have closed offices of 2-3 employees each, this is ideal IMO. You get the close collaboration with your immediate teammates AND the quiet you need to work.

I think it has something to do with the romantic notion of 'start-up culture'. That, or it's a supervisory thing. Either one is a sign of terrible management.

The first thing this picture made me think of was a classroom/lab. I immediately started looking for signs of headphones, but couldn't find any, which is even more mind-boggling considering the proximity, and I worry that they might not be permitted.

There's an anti-privacy joke waiting to be made here, but I won't be the one to do it.

must be nice, sad that even other little companies, small businesses can't do similar acts such as just the little things with good amounts of time off and sick time to accumulate.

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