Facebook no longer best place to work in US, Apple gains ground

Irving Hamilton
December 7, 2018

The top tech company in the list is little-known Zoom Video Communications at No 2. Google also fell in the ranks compared to past year, although it only dropped three spots compared to Facebook's six, now coming in at number eight.

Facebook's overall rating fell from 4.6 out of 5 at the end of last year to 4.5 today, which follows a year of public controversies over its handling of election meddling and for allowing data on 87 million users to be shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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The Glassdoor results appear much better than an internal "pulse" survey at Facebook that was reviewed and reported recently by the Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, Facebook's "difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year".

A Facebook employee at the company's Menlo Park headquarters warned Glassdoor visitors not to believe all the negative press.

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Facebook's descent isn't all that surprising. The company has topped the list three out of 11 years.

Other top USA employers included Zoom Video Communications, Procore Technologies, and Boston Consulting Group.

Facebook's awful, horrible, no good, very bad year is reflected in the latest edition of Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list. Workers' concerns - and protests - over how the military could use Google's technology contributed to executives' decision to pull a bid for a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon.

Earlier this year, the Japanese firm Recruit Holdings, which also owns the biggest jobs site, Indeed, acquired Glassdoor in a $1.2 billion deal that was one of the larger technology acquisitions of 2018. Unlike many awards related to the workplace, Glassdoor actually collate input from employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback on aspects about their job, work environment, and employer over the past year. Listicles like these can very well make and break companies reputations in the mind of job seekers who don't want to get stuck in a company that may negatively impact their careers.

Employee reviews cited the company's culture and community events as pluses.

"If it's really happening", he says, "you'll see the truth come out".

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