Is company culture one of your top priorities? Glassdoor has a list of employers you might want to consider.
So you’re looking for a job, right? But you don’t just want any old job. Your dream job needs to pay well, have great perks, and embrace a company culture you can identify with. Essentially, you’d like to be happy in your job and you don’t think that’s too much to ask.
According to a newly released Glassdoor report detailing the top 25 companies for culture and values in the U.S., the majority of those looking for work feel the same way. It turns out that company culture is the second most important factor to job seekers — aside from salary, which is secure at number one — when researching employers.
Also among the other top five factors soon-to-be employees deem important are a company’s values, career opportunities within the company and location. “When we look at the reviews of these companies […], we see a few themes come through,” notes Will Staney, head talent warrior at Glassdoor. “Company culture is often described as supportive, motivational, team-oriented and fun. Another theme is that culture is the result of great values. We see reviews indicating these companies follow a set of values or mission statement and generally do the right thing.”
Top-ranking companies for culture and values
So which companies ranked the highest for their company culture and values?
The top five include Twitter, Edelman, Google, Riverbed Technology and Facebook. Not surprisingly, 11 of the 25 companies on the list hail from the tech industry, which is known for paying close attention to company culture and placing value in retaining talented employees.
“At tech companies, employers foster company culture by offering company-sponsored events or team bonding experiences, allowing for different physical accommodations to get work done and by promoting a relaxed environment,” says Staney. “Beyond culture, many tech employees feel they’re contributing to a greater good by working on products that impact millions of people around the world. This industry started the culture trend and now we’re seeing it spread to other industries.”
The report looked at companies through the eyes of employees and much of the qualitative feedback centers around how being a part of the company makes them feel. According to one Twitter account executive, there is an “open dialogue and [the company] cares about employees, which speaks to following through on their internal values.” At PR giant Edelman, a senior vice president notes, “Through the actions of middle to senior management, you are truly made to feel valued and appreciated. Opportunities are everywhere and the culture is laid back and fun.”
How to find an employer with awesome culture
If you’re in the midst of a job hunt, you might be wondering how to best get a handle on a company’s culture and values during the discovery and interview process. According to Staney, your best bet is to start with good old-fashioned research. “Read company reviews and ratings to find out what others think of the culture and values,” Staney explains. “Beyond this, don’t be afraid to ask the question during your interview. Companies are looking to find candidates that fit within their culture and values, and as a candidate, you’re likely looking for the same […]. Questions show you’re looking for a company that fits you well, that you plan to stay at for a while.”
Here’s the full list of companies that ranked in the report:
Is company culture important to you? How do you work to improve the company culture at your company?
Jennifer E. Snyder is a freelance writer, editor and podcast host based in Northern California. She shares stories of creative entrepreneurship, wellness, life’s adventures and everything in between. When she’s not working, she can be found giving in to her insatiable urge to travel and explore the world as much as possible.