Anonymous employee review site Glassdoor research: Tech companies dominate the best places to work
But is industry wealth, a skills shortage or a self-selecting sample creating the result?
As the world struggles to free itself from the clutches of a global pandemic, maybe it's possible to look on the bright side — at least if you work for a gang of global tech companies.
Research from anonymous employee review site Glassdoor shows that dominant software giants Salesforce, Microsoft, Google and SAP are the only companies — from any sector — to appear in all the top 50 best places to works lists in the UK, France, Germany, the US, and Canada.
The amalgamation of employee reviews shows tech companies dominate in terms of employers offering the feel-good factors.
In the UK, workflow specialists ServiceNow tops the list with IT consultancy AND Digital coming in second. Cloudy CRM company Salesforce is third. Tech companies occupy seven of the top 10 places to work in the UK. Nineteen of the top 50 places to work in the UK are tech companies, according to the research.
The story is similar — if not quite so marked — in the US. There, chipmaker Nvidia holds the top spot while sales platform Hubspot is number two. Cloud content management firm Box, Salesforce and Google all make the top 10.
Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in 2022 is based on feedback from employees who elected to anonymously submit a company review on Glassdoor, including a numerical company rating. We've no way of seeing the rating break down by role, for example, between tech jobs and, say, sales roles.
No analysis is offered to suggest why tech companies feature so highly, other than a few buzzy choice quotes from anonymous participants extolling the virtues of their employers. But earlier research from Glassdoor may offer a clue.
Last year, Salesforce topped the list of executive pay, with median earnings of around £100,000 per annum, beating investment bank Man Group and consultancy Kearney to the top spot. Facebook, VMware, data analytics and ML company G-Research, Spotify, ServiceNow, and SAP were all in the top 25.
Meanwhile, software and IT services enjoy spectacularly high margins and revenue while a scarcity of skilled and experienced candidates may also contribute to the over representations of the tech sector in the best places to work around the world.
It's also just possible that the kind of people who work for tech companies are also likely to be the kind of people who bother to rate employers on a platform like Glassdoor.
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According to the rating site, the highest rated places to work all have a few things in common. They include work-life balance, great culture, benefits and perks, transparent and accessible leadership, and senior management, learning and development and the quality of roles.
For those wanting to figure out employers to avoid, there is no commensurate Worst Places To Work ranking. According to Glassdoor, this is because it wants to focus on positive employee experience rather than negative, although The Register might suggest the prospect of legal wranglings over the methodology may also play a role.
Anyone interested, though, can always look at how an individual company scores on the website. By way of a benchmark, ServiceNow got an average rating of 4.6 out of five while the average rating is 3.7. ®