Microsoft and Google in world's top five best places to work

If you read as many tech sites as we do, you'll probably have stumbled across the occasional article showing an awesome office for a tech start-up, lavish new headquarters for a global tech giant, or some of the enviable perks that staff get to reward their hard work and long hours. But who's the best at taking care of their team?

The Great Place To Work Institute has made it their mission for the last 25 years to find some of the best workplaces in the world, and they've just published their top 25 multinational workplaces for 2012, narrowed down from 350 corporations under consideration, and there are quite a few tech brands in the final list this year. You can check out the full breakdown of finalists and profiles on each company on the Great Place To Work website, but here's the full list (we've highlighted the more relevant brands): 

25. Mars
24. SC Johnson
23. Quintiles
22. Novo Nordisk
21. Cisco
20. McDonalds
19. Accor
18. American Express
17. General Mills
16. National Instruments
15. Intel

14. Monsanto
13. Telefónica
12. Ernst & Young
11. PepsiCo
10. Autodesk
9. Diageo
8. W L Gore & Associates
7. FedEx
6. Marriott
5. Microsoft
4. Kimberly-Clark
3. NetApp
2. Google
1. SAS Institute

It's great to see so many tech brands being praised for being such great places to work. Let's hope to see a few more in the top 25 next year.

Source: Great Place To Work Institute | via Business Insider

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For a proactive guy, the worst place to work is a big corporation. The best place is a small company if not a own company.
For a lazy guy, the worst place to work is a small company, the best is a big company or a gov agency.

Oh wait
20. McDonalds <-- dafuq

Surprised to see Intel in that list. I'd heard some awful stories about the internal politics at Intel. I'm not really surprised about the number of tech companies in that list though. They have to work very hard to retain talent, or risk losing good employees to their competitors.

underthebridge said,
Best place to work, McDonalds? So I should have taken that job flipping burgers?

As McDonalds is a franchise I'd assume this list refers to the McDonalds corporate headquarters which is not connected to the companies/individuals that own individual restaurants.

I thought Apple would be in that list, but alas, nope.

Quite a number of surprises in that list...Marriott, FedEx, Ernst & Young (an audit firm made into the list? wow)...

FalseAgent said,
I thought Apple would be in that list, but alas, nope.

Quite a number of surprises in that list...Marriott, FedEx, Ernst & Young (an audit firm made into the list? wow)...

Many of these companies are typically/mostly "office based", hiring other companies to do the more manual work. Having retail stores / workers such as Apple will most likely bring you down the list significantly.

lt8480 said,

Many of these companies are typically/mostly "office based", hiring other companies to do the more manual work. Having retail stores / workers such as Apple will most likely bring you down the list significantly.


You mean like with McDonald's... oh, wait...

(then again they might be mainly franchised, but I thought they all operate under the corporation)

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

You mean like with McDonald's... oh, wait...

(then again they might be mainly franchised, but I thought they all operate under the corporation)

GS:mac

I'd assume those working in a "restaurant" won't be included. McDonald's don't even sell items to the franchisees - they just arrange the agreements between the manufacturers and those who own a franchise. Even in the McDonald's restaurants they own I wouldn't be surprised if they contract out the employees to a third party (effectively removing the responsibility and association with anything that goes "too wrong"). I can only assume McDonald's as a business must mostly make money through taking % of sales and renting out buildings etc.

SAS rofl

The salary must be good i guess ...

I worked with SAS Enterprise Guide for a while and god i hated it.

LaP said,
SAS rofl

The salary must be good i guess ...

I worked with SAS Enterprise Guide for a while and god i hated it.

VERY good, from what I hear. I need to try to get in there.

LaP said,
SAS rofl

The salary must be good i guess ...

I worked with SAS Enterprise Guide for a while and god i hated it.

Laugh all you want, it's a great place to work.

AJerman said,

VERY good, from what I hear. I need to try to get in there.

I tried to get in there quite while back. Even with my qualifications, it was next to impossible unless you had connections within. They always seem to be the top (or near) company to work for.

perochan said,
google really? they work your ass off by giving you free food so you won't leave the company.

I'd work harder at any job if they gave me free stuff and extra perks

perochan said,
google really? they work your ass off by giving you free food so you won't leave the company.

You've never seen the BBc tours around Google's building, probably the best building ever.

Shadier said,

Corporate McDonalds. Not in the restaurants themselves.

Poor slaves at the bottom... but at least some of them get to go to Hamburger University.

nickcruz said,

Poor slaves at the bottom... but at least some of them get to go to Hamburger University.


Everyone jokes but they give their staff the opportunity to get educated and learn new things and get promotions. I'm sure that there is a bad side to it as well but the opportunity is there