Facebook's reputation as an employer is really suffering


Facebook no longer tops Glassdoor's list of best places to work. Josh Edelson AFP Getty Images

"We have spent many years building a superlative organization that rivals some of Chicagoland's most successful and forward-thinking companies, and the Glassdoor Best Places to Work recognition demonstrates our accomplishments in this endeavor". As expected, there are conflicting reviews about all large companies.

While Facebook was the best place to work in America a year ago, Cupertino-based tech giant Apple had tumbled to number 84 in 2017 from its 36th position in 2016.

Just one employer can lay claim to being among the top five every year on the job site Glassdoor's annual ranking of the best places to work - and no, it's not Google.

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Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, however, is at sixth place with a score of 4.5, read the information on the Glassdoor website. 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. The top tech company in the list is little-known Zoom Video Communications at No 2. Google and Apple were the only other companies that have made the list each year since its inception.

A Facebook employee at the company's Menlo Park headquarters warned Glassdoor visitors not to believe all the negative press. Of late, Google employees have reportedly protested against the company over various issues, including issues related to sexual harassment at work, or the company's controversial projects such Dragonfly that is supposedly a censored version of Google search engine for China. Significantly, while Amazon doesn't figure in the top 100 on the list, Microsoft is at No. 34 with a rating of 4.3 and Apple is at No. 71 with a rating of 4.3.

Tech companies accounted for 14 of the top 50 spots this year, down from 22 tech brands last year. The global management consultancy was lauded by employees for things such as a supportive work environment and its compensation for employees in the reviews that form the basis of the ranking. Reviews are submitted by current and former employees.

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