November 15, 2021
Everybody loves coming out on top! The popular employer review website Glassdoor.com recently published its list of "Best Places to Work" for 2021. With the current Hunger Games-style competition for top talent, placing on this list offers companies credibility that's helpful to recruiting efforts. The list consisted of 100 public and private companies spanning virtually every industry. Here are the publicly traded consumer brands that snagged spots in the top 10.
Taking the No. 2 spot is chipmaker NVIDIA Corporation (Tii:NVDA). Employing over 9,000 workers in the United States, NVIDIA resides in the information technology sector and provides several delightful advantages to its employees. The generous employee stock purchase plan, daycare flexible spending account, and student loan repayment option are ways the company helps its employees achieve debt-free living and build wealth. The company proves leadership believes in work/life balance with a 22-week new parent paid leave policy and pays for up to three in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles.
At No. 6 is Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (Tii:GOOG). Company culture reigns supreme at this tech giant. From video game stations to nap pods, massages, laundry and onsite childcare, the company shows employees that leadership cares about their well-being. Google encourages creativity and believes in an open-door policy so that employees can communicate with each other free from the typical workplace hierarchy. Google also fosters a supportive, creative, fun atmosphere and is rewarded by highly productive, engaged team members. The highly competitive salary structure doesn't hurt, either.
Talk to many of the 90,000+ U.S.-based employees at Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Tii:DAL), and you'll most likely hear positive reviews – which garnered the airline the No. 7 position on the list. A recent survey showed that 87% of Delta employees said it was a great place to work. The company promotes a corporate culture of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance, and servant leadership. Generous travel perks, a robust benefits package, and plenty of opportunities to move up are all additional reasons Delta landed on this list.
As a company that encourages a good work/life balance, the Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Tii:LULU) workplace holds many perks to keep employees satisfied – which helped the multinational athletic apparel retailer score the No. 8 spot on the list. A yoga studio to keep employees fit, imaginative areas to keep them creative, and organic installations to help them enjoy the outdoors even while inside are all found in the company's corporate headquarters. The pay is excellent, too, and getting better. In September 2021, the company announced it would raise the minimum wage it paid while keeping its longstanding bonus structure in place. Investing in their people is probably the biggest reason this athleisure powerhouse is ranked as one of the best workplaces.
For good reasons, tech giant Microsoft Corp. (Tii:MSFT) nabbed the No. 9 spot on the list. Interesting, fulfilling workdays are among the main compliments employees pay the software behemoth, followed by attractive, above-average salaries. Substantial perks that include great health benefits, a hefty 401k retirement package, student loan payback programs and employee stock purchase plans only add to employee satisfaction. Generous employee discounts and, let's face it, working for a household brand also help Microsoft stay at the top of the list.
Working at the companies that were ranked the best can be lucrative and rewarding both in terms of job satisfaction and financial stability. It pays to research any company you're thinking about joining to decide if it fits with your goals and what you expect out of an employer.