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Facebook, Google fall in Glassdoor’s top workplace rankings

Job and recruiting site Glassdoor said Wednesday that Facebook and Google are losing some of their appeal as two of the best places to work in the United States.

That’s according to Glassdoor’s latest rankings of the best workplaces around the country. In its best places to work survey for 2020, Glassdoor said Facebook came in 23rd place, falling from seventh place last year, and its No. 1 ranking two years ago.

Google also slipped, going to 11th place from being ranked No. 8 last year.

Amanda Stansell, a senior research analyst at Glassdoor, said that many employees at companies such as Facebook and Google still report liking their jobs, and have a positive sentiment about their workplaces. However, outside factors and the nature of their work is impacting how employees view their companies.

“The decline in the technology industry could be attributed in part to the high pressure working environment and poor work-life balance resulting from the  increased public scrutiny in recent years,” Stansell said.

Mill Valley-based Glassdoor ranked businesses based on employees who submitted anonymous reviews of their workplaces. The categories employees used for evaluation included  career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work-life balance. Categories were ranked on a five-point scale of starting with 1 for “very dissatisfied” to 5 for “very satisfied”.

Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor’s president and chief operating officer, said the rankings for 2020 illustrate the shift to a “culture-first decade in the workplace.”

“(The) winners are employers that are prioritizing culture, mission and employees at the heart of everything they do,” Sutherland-Wong said. “In turn, their employees have spoken and are recognizing them.”

Bay Area companies dominated Glassdoor’s list of the top 100 companies with at least 1,000 employees, as 20 companies located in the Bay Area made the cut. San Francisco-based DocuSign, which provides online signature and document-management services, was the highest-ranked area company, at No. 3 on the Glassdoor list.

The only companies DocuSign trailed were No. 1-ranked HubSpot, a marketing and sales software company, and management consulting giant Bain & Co., which took second place.

Other local companies in Glassdoor’s top 10 were Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, which came in at No. 6, Sunnyvale-based Intuitive Surgical at No. 7, and online English teaching company VIPKid at No. 9. VIPKid is based in China, but has its United States headquarters in San Francisco.

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