updated 02:31 am EST, Wed December 11, 2013
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, Intel and Qualcomm ranked higher
Workplace-ranking website Glassdoor.com has unveiled its annual "Best Places to Work" looking ahead to 2014, and Apple remains well inside the top 50, but dropped a spot from its 2013 ranking of 34th among companies with 1,000 or more employees. The point score, however, only dropped one-tenth of a point in the "Satisfaction" category, scoring a 3.8 out of five in the new poll. The rating comes from employee's own anonymous ratings of the company over the past 12 months.
The ratings are compiled from over 500,000 employee reviews, though Apple's ranking was assessed by just 2,557 ratings. Among technology companies, Apple ranked 16th -- but still listed below a number of other well-known tech firms, including Twitter (second place), LinkedIn (third), Facebook (fifth), Google (8th), Qualcomm (13th), Intuit (19th), Red Hat (23rd), Rackspace (30th) and Intel (33rd). CEO Tim Cook was still highly-regarded, receiving a 92 percent approval rating.
Consulting firm Bain & Company took the top spot, up from fourth place last year. Facebook dropped four places from first to fifth, while Google dropped two places. Technology companies overall took 22 of the top 50 places.
Among the comments from Apple employees quoted in the profile, most reiterated that employees are challenged to do great work, surrounded by other top players and enjoy great benefits, but also commented that hours are long, stress is high, and that it was difficult to achieve a work vs home balance. Retail employees also enjoyed the environment and challenges, but frequently complained that if one was a retail employee there was little to no chance of becoming a "corporate" employee. A number of employees talked about how they felt that the work they did was "important" and "made a difference in people's lives" but mentioned a "strange schism" between contractors and regular workers.