How the mighty have fallen: Anglian Water knocks Google off perch as UK's best workplace

Facebook not even in survey's top 50, while Goldman Sachs lords it over tech's big-hitters


It would appear that the kickback against big tech continues apace as Facebook has dropped out of a list of the top 50 best places to work in the UK and Google has been knocked off its top spot... by a water company.

That's according to the results from the 2019 Employee's Choice Best Places To Work list, which is compiled each year by Glassdoor based on staffer feedback between October 2017 and October 2018.

The Chocolate Factory has, in fact, crashed out of the top 10 altogether into 13th position – just behind everyone's favourite crystal ball-gazer Gartner.

But it's not as bad as Facebook, which was ranked fourth last year and has disappeared from the top 50 entirely.

The highest-scoring tech vendor is Salesforce, which stayed in fifth. The company often boasts about its ethical credentials and calls its staff "Ohana" after the Hawaiian term for family bonds. Aw.

Lower down the list are Cisco (37), Apple (43), Siemens (46) and Accenture (48) – all of which were beaten by the "great vampire squid" Goldman Sachs (36).

The fortunes of Microsoft, however, went the other way, rising from 24th to 11th. But perhaps the most improved firm was SAP, which shot up from 47th to eighth.

This year the German ERP giant has overhauled its image, forking out for star-studded commercials to sell the idea that it will make the world a better place, and pushing a message of trust in the aftermath of the indirect licensing saga. Whether customers would rate it so highly is another question.

In the US, the tech giants at the centre of data harvesting and tracking scandals also saw a slight decline – Facebook lost its top spot, falling to seventh and Google fell from fifth to eighth.

LinkedIn, meanwhile, climbed the ranks from 21st to sixth as Salesforce tiptoed closer to the top 10, stopping at 11th up from 15th this year. ®


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