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March 21, 2018, 2:47 p.m. EDT

Google is no longer the top company in this ranking of best places to work

LinkedIn released its annual survey of top 50 companies to work for in the U.S., and Google cedes top spot to Amazon

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By Sally French, MarketWatch


Michael Short/Bloomberg
A cyclist on a Google bike rides through the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California,.

The free cafes , rock climbing walls , massages and even death benefits might not be enough to attract top talent anymore. Despite being notorious for incredible employee benefits, Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, is no longer the top company to work for in America, according to one ranking at least.

Google lost the crown to a company known for its frugality and lack of a party-style campus: Amazon. Career site LinkedIn’s ranking of the top 50 companies to work for in 2018 is out, and Amazon is now No. 1.


Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg
An employee sits in the cafe area of the new, $131 million Google Inc. campus in Boulder, Colorado.

Here’s the complete list of the top 50 companies to work for in America, according to LinkedIn:

Ranking Company Ticker (if public)
1 Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN  
2 Alphabet /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG  
3 Facebook  
4 Salesforce /zigman2/quotes/200515854/composite CRM  
5 Tesla /zigman2/quotes/203558040/lastsale TSLA  
6 Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL  
7 Comcast NBCUniversal /zigman2/quotes/209472081/composite CMCSA  
8 The Walt Disney Company /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS  
9 Oracle /zigman2/quotes/202180826/composite ORCL  
10 Netflix /zigman2/quotes/202353025/composite NFLX  
11 Spotify -
12 Uber -
13 McKinsey & Company -
14 Adobe /zigman2/quotes/200389143/composite ADBE  
15 Airbnb -
16 Time Warner  
17 Dell Technologies  
18 JPMorgan Chase & Co. /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM  
19 LVMH /zigman2/quotes/206499835/delayed IT:LVMH  
20 IBM /zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite IBM  
21 Samsung /zigman2/quotes/202367843/delayed SSNLF  
22 Deloitte -
23 Verizon /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ  
24 Goldman Sachs /zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite GS  
25 PwC -
26 Boston Consulting Group -
27 Live Nation Entertainment /zigman2/quotes/203077299/composite LYV  
28 Morgan Stanley /zigman2/quotes/209104354/composite MS  
29 EY -
30 Stryker /zigman2/quotes/207664662/composite SYK  
31 Cisco /zigman2/quotes/209509471/composite CSCO  
32 Dropbox -
33 National Basketball Association -
34 Accenture /zigman2/quotes/201711136/composite ACN  
35 Nike   
36 WeWork -
37 Citadel -
38 Kering /zigman2/quotes/204308927/delayed PPRUF  
9 National Football League -
40 Square /zigman2/quotes/205989440/composite SQ  
41 ADP /zigman2/quotes/207661132/composite ADP  
42 Capital One /zigman2/quotes/204480509/composite COF  
43 Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR  
44 Box /zigman2/quotes/208773138/composite BOX  
45 Johnson & Johnson /zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite JNJ  
46 Starbucks /zigman2/quotes/207508890/composite SBUX  
47 PepsiCo /zigman2/quotes/208744353/composite PEP  
48 JLL /zigman2/quotes/204556670/composite JLL  
49 Tableau Software  
50 Abbott /zigman2/quotes/203724446/composite ABT  
LinkedIn’s 2018 survey of Top Companies to Work for in America

Seattle-based Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the U.S., with 566,000 employees globally, according to LinkedIn (the largest is Walmart /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +1.30% , with over 2 million employees). The company saw rapid growth over the past year driven by the $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods and news that Amazon would open a second headquarters in North America.

Amazon may not be known for catchy perks, but recently made the news for announcing a new health initiative, along with Berkshire Hathaway /zigman2/quotes/208872451/composite BRK.A +2.63%   and J.P. Morgan /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM +4.68% , aimed at improving health care for the three companies’ employees in a more cost-effective way.


Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg
An employee works out in the gym of the new Google Inc. campus in Boulder, Colorado.

Google came in No. 2 in LinkedIn’s workplace ranking, and is notorious for treating employees well. Google says it receives 1.1 million applications each year, and has plans to open or expand offices in nine states and hire thousands more people over the next few years. Employees cite free food, fitness centers, organized events, massage rooms, gym glasses and arcades as among the top perks, in addition to standard benefits like 401(k) match and a generous medical insurance plan.

Related read: Are you too old to get a job?

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Related read: These interns are getting paid more than most Americans


ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages
An employee walks past a selection of snacks which are available for free for employees at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

Other tech companies dominate the top of the list, with Facebook coming in at No. 3, followed by Salesforce, Tesla and Apple. The first non-tech company to appear on LinkedIn’s list is Comcast NBCUniversal at No. 7, followed by The Walt Disney Company at No. 8.


David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
The Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Inc. campus in Cupertino, Calif.

LinkedIn’s ranking is based on data from its more than 500 million members, based on metrics such as the rate of people applying for jobs through LinkedIn, employee retention and the rate of profiles visiting a company’s career page. LinkedIn and Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +3.38% , which LinkedIn is a subsidiary of, were omitted from the rankings.

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Sally French covers drone technology and serves as a social media editor for MarketWatch in San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter @SAFMedia.

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