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Airbnb ranks first on Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ list

The San Francisco-based company Airbnb took the No. 1 spot on Glassdoor’s annual top 50 “Best Places to Work” for 2016 or “Employees’ Choice Awards.”

According to Glassdoor, companies on the list are ranked “by the people who know these companies best–their employees.”

The home-sharing company, which did not make the list last year, pushed Google out of its top spot.

Roughly 95 percent of Airbnb employees who responded to the survey said they would recommend to their friends that they should try to get a job with the company. According to CBS News, other employee comments included:

“Paid happy hours every Thursday.”

“My team is very driven but is also really adamant about work/life balance and my manager supports me in my personal and professional goals.”

And most of the negative comments were based on the company’s huge and quick growth.

“Some growing pains, but that is expected in any company in hypergrowth.”

Since Airbnb was founded in 2008, the company has lit up the hotel industry. It brings in $500 million to $1 billion per year, Glassdoor reported. The company makes money by taking 3 percent out of each booking and a 6 to 12 percent service fee from guests.

Sharda Caro, Airbnb Associate General Counsel, said in a Glassdoor video that their first place spot is “no surprise” considering the employee get perks like quarterly travel vouchers, according to USA Today. “It’s a company that values its people, values culture and spends a lot of time and effort focused on it,” Caro said.

Boston’s Bain and Company ranked No. 2 with 100 percent of the employees who responded approving the business style of Managing Director Bob Bechek. And 95 percent of the employees would tell others to work there as well.

Foster City-based Guidewire, a software developer for the insurance industry, came in third with 93 percent of employees saying they would recommend working for the firm. The CEO, Marcus Ryu, received a 97 percent approval rating. A pro listed for the company, and a widely held belief, was, “the people I routinely work with are all great–hard-working, honest, humble and always willing to help when I ask.”

Hubspot, the Cambridge, Mass. developer of a marketing and sales platform, came in fourth place with 88 percent of their employees saying they would recommend working there. One comment among the positives was, “It’s not really about the beer and ping pong it’s about the people you get to work with every day, training to build skills in sales you get to experience and the potential for long term career growth that comes from working at a rocket-ship company like this.”

Menlo Park-based Facebook rounded out the top five with Mark Zuckerburg earning a 97 percent approval rating. One comment read that it “might be easy to roll your eyes when people from Facebook say how open their culture is, but it’s true; it’s more open than any other place I’ve worked at.”

Here are all of the companies that made the top ten:

  1. Airbnb
  2. Bain & Company
  3. Guidewire
  4. Hubspot
  5. Facebook
  6. Linkedin
  7. Boston Consulting Group
  8. Google
  9. Nestle Purina PetCare
  10. Zillow

And guess what? They are all hiring.

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