Apple and Tim Cook Fare Well in Survey of Best Places to Work

Jobs site Glassdoor yesterday announced the release of its annual list of the 50 best places to work. While consulting companies Bain and McKinsey topped the list, Apple grabbed 10th place in the survey with an average employee rating of 3.9 out of 5. Apple's performance marked a significant increase over the previous three years that saw the company ranking around 20th place in the survey.

Facebook, last year's #1 company, took third in this year's survey while Google jumped from #30 to #5 to place ahead of Apple among high-profile tech companies.

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In tech company employee ratings of their CEOs, Apple's Tim Cook placed third with an approval rating of 96%, one point lower than Steve Jobs' approval rating in last year's survey. This year's CEO survey was led by National Instruments' James Truchard and NetApp's Tom Georgens, who both scored 100% approval ratings.

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CLWelch Avatar
122 months ago
So Tim Cook is a "place to work"?
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Winni Avatar
122 months ago


Wait, BAIN is the best place to work? Is this blizzaro world? Bain drives people to the brink of madness. Something is terribly wrong with this survey.

I had an interview once with a company that was ranked #23 of the best places to work in Germany. Well, if that was #23, then every other place where I've ever worked was at least on rank #22.

To make it simple, those rankings are bollocks.
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justjohn025 Avatar
122 months ago
Is that rating for Apple Corporate, retail, or both?
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dethmaShine Avatar
122 months ago
Google is undeniably one of the best places to work in.

Having worked with Google for a couple of years in AI cars (for simpletons), I can easily say that Google really wants you to live in the office 24 hours. That is the philosophy of the entire silicon valley but Google has set its own bar, really high. I don't necessarily say its the right way to do(PS3/Xbox/Sofa/beds, etc) but nonetheless they've made their own impression on graduates esp.

On another, Apple is highly disciplined but I was really satisfied with my one day visit at the Cupertino campus. The building is quite old but its pure excellence. Apple is also very relaxed for any one who doesn't know but they sure don't cater Xbox/PS3 nerds and don't have beds for people to stay over. I am planning to apply to Apple soon. Really psyched to see the new campus plan in 2015. It's a dream come true for many.

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So Tim Cook is a "place to work"?

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calpundit Avatar
122 months ago
Is that rating for Apple Corporate, retail, or both?

Actually, if you look at the ratings in the post -- upon which the ranking is based -- you will find a lot of comments from Apple retail employees from throughout the country. Contrast that with the other two tech companies in the top 10 -- Google and Facebook -- where the comments are almost exclusively from the "home office."

Also, Apple's ranking is based on 210 separate ratings -- twice as many as Google (98) and nearly 8 times as many as Facebook (28) -- again reflecting its large retail presence.
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vanzantapple Avatar
122 months ago
That's what I was gonna say. HAAAAAaaa.
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