LinkedIn just released its third annual list of the top companies to work for, and Amazon hit No. 1 for the 2018 ranking, toppling former leader Alphabet (Google’s holding company). The employment-related site sorted through data from its 546 million users around the world to come up with the selections.
“We look at the actions of professionals, what people are doing, the jobs that are really sought after these days, rather than just what they’re saying,” LinkedIn news editor Laura Lorenzetti says.
While she notes that all the top employers are extremely close, Amazon’s ascent seems to reflect employees’ drive for purpose in what they do every day, as opposed to simply a hope for lucrative pay and lavish perks.
“Amazon is willing to innovate in big ways and take risks,” Lorenzetti says. “We heard over and over [from job seekers] that they really want to make a difference. They want to see their work come to life.”
That’s not to say perks don’t matter. One of the intriguing patterns in LinkedIn’s 2018 list involves companies that are trying to offer new, enticing possibilities for health care to employees. Amazon and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (No. 18) recently partnered with Berkshire Hathaway to develop a company that aims to cut enormous costs and burdens in health coverage for their staffs. Apple (No. 6) is launching medical clinics to deliver exceptional coverage for its workers.
And then there are the more fun extras, like Alphabet’s newest offices that offer sky-high dog parks, indoor fire pits, and bouldering walls. Or Tesla’s carpool program, which allows staff to drive a coveted Tesla to work and then hang onto it for the weekend.
Here are all the 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies ranked below. For more details on the specific companies in the top 50, click here. And, thinking about applying for a gig? You better get your LinkedIn profile in shape.
- Tesla Motors
- Comcast NBCUniversal
- The Walt Disney Company
- McKinsey & Company
- Time Warner
- Dell Technologies
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Samsung Electronics
- Goldman Sachs
- Boston Consulting Group
- Live Nation
- Morgan Stanley
- National Basketball Association
- National Football League
- Capital One
- Johnson & Johnson
- Tableau Software