Globally, tech firms dominate the LinkedIn Top Companies 2017: Global Edition, taking up most of the top ten spots. While it is not surprising that the likes of Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) rule the roost, Uber, with the overhang of its discrimination and unfair-workplace-culture scandal managed to secure fourth place, one higher than its rank the previous year. (See also: Uber’s Top Investors.)
When it comes to the best companies in the U.S., the top order remains the same: Alphabet, then Amazon followed by Facebook Inc. (FB).
The list has one glaring exclusion. LinkedIn does not include itself and its owner Microsoft (MSFT) as a part of this compilation. Further, these rankings have been compiled based on the number of applications received by these companies, engagement with the company and brand and employee retention observed by LinkedIn through activity on its platform between February 2016 and 2017.
What Makes These Companies Different?
The answer? An experience that keeps their employees hooked! LinkedIn's analysis suggests that companies that have featured on this list have some things in common. This includes thinking about more than just the worklife of employees, making an effort to attract talent, nurturing that talent and offering other perks.
Growth and education definitely works for companies in that respect. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (LVMUY) through its Institute of Trades of Excellence in France provides vocational training to young artisans while EY (Ernst & Young) in Germany offers a month long refugee internship, giving interns access to mentors and a shot at a full-time position at the end of the program.
For a lot of companies investment in employees extends beyond traditional means like training or grooming them for managerial positions. Accommodating family responsibilities is one such area that sets a company apart. In the U.S., Accenture offers 16 weeks maternity leave, generous primary caregiver leave and localized assignments after returning from such leaves. The company also provides free breast milk shipping for new moms who travel for work. Some companies offer more vacation time or time off to pursue personal interests.
There are others that think out of the box. For example, according to LinkedIn, Adobe offers an “innovation in a box” kit that contains a $1,000 prepaid credit card, a Starbucks gift card, a candy bar, and a few instructions to any staffer who is interested in testing out new business ideas.
While more than one company allows for employees to bring their pets to work, Amazon has a “Woof-Manager” to take care of the canine companions while their humans work. Staffers at BMW Germany can borrow any car of their choice, including the one in the historical collection for their wedding day. Or, as Elon Musk is envisioning, workers can zoom across the Tesla (TSLA) facility in electric pod roller coasters.
Here's a complete list of the companies ranked by LinkedIn.