The 50 best places to work in 2018, part 1

As the new year begins, employers across the nation are aiming to recruit and retain top talent to help their business grow. Some employers, of course, are doing a better job than others.

Now in its 10th edition, Glassdoor’s 2018 “Best Places to Work” list is based on employee-submitted reviews collected between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 22, 2017. To be eligible, an organization needed to receive at least 75 employee reviews within the past year and must employ 1,000 or more workers.

Winners are ranked based on their overall employee ranking achieved during the past year. (Employee rankings are based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied; Actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place).

Here are the employers selected in spots 26-50. EBN will run the top 25 employers in part 2 later this week.
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50. SpaceX

Employee ranking: 4.3

One employee calls working at the aerospace and defense company, which is based in Hawthorne, Calif., a “dream job.”

“There is not a lot of red-tape to prevent you from getting actual work done,” says the review. “Everyone here is trusted to make smart decisions so we spend time focusing on the goal rather than getting hung up on the little things.”
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49. Wegmans Food Markets

Employee ranking: 4.3

The New York based-retail grocer has been included on Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” list since 2014.

“Fantastic employer,” notes one reviewer. “Great work environment, decent pay and benefits for retail work. Encouraged to grow and move up in company. Friendly environment.”
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48. Oshkosh Corporation

Employee ranking: 4.3

“Amazing company,” reads one review of the transportation equipment manufacturing company based in Oshkosh, Wis. The employee also notes the employer creates a “people first” culture.
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47. Protiviti

Employee ranking: 4.3

“Best people and culture,” the review says of the global consulting firm. “The hiring process continues to foster the culture by hiring bright individuals who are well-rounded and are go- getters but who also foster a work-life balance. Protiviti’s executive team has continued to be spot on with the strategy, continuing to update the strategy successfully every few years.”
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46. Texas Health Resources

Employee ranking: 4.4

One employee notes of the Arlington, Texas-based healthcare service provider: “Great company, great benefits.”

The review continues, “Good patient-nurse ratios, tuition reimbursement, overall positive work environment, diverse staff and patient population, good communication for corporate.”
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45. Memorial Sloan Kettering

Employee ranking: 4.4

“The best part about working at Memorial Sloan Kettering is that you are contributing to a greater good,” one employee review reads of the healthcare and hospital service company in New York City. “Although it is stressful at times, at the end of the day, I felt that my work was truly meaningful.”
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44. Progressive Leasing

Employee ranking: 4.4

One employee notes on Glassdoor that the Utah-based financial transaction processing firm is “the best company,” in part due to the company’s comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include on-site fitness centers, tuition reimbursement and flexible schedules.
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43. Smile Brands

Employee ranking: 4.4

“I enjoy the family atmosphere and collective focus on supporting the practices and optimal patient care,” one employee review reads of the Irvine, Calif.-based dental healthcare service company. “There is plenty of advancement opportunities for individuals wanting to grow professionally. The senior management is supportive and encouraging.”
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42. Yardi Systems

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Management cares about the employees [and] coworkers want to help and are always available to answer questions,” according to one employee review of the computer hardware and software company, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. “Great benefits such as profit sharing and tuition reimbursement; dress code is business casual; fun company events such as jersey day.”
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41. Hilton

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Interesting and challenging work,” one employee says of the global hotel chain. “Not just a hospitality company, but also a company focused on technology and innovation."
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40. Ellie Mae

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Love a good challenge? This is the place to be,” one employee notes of the computer hardware and software developer based in Pleasanton, Calif. The employee also notes Ellie Mae has comprehensive career development opportunities, including weekly lunch and learn sessions.
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39. Microsoft

Employee ranking: 4.4

Employees of the tech giant note on Glassdoor the company’s commitment to work-life balance, robust employee benefits — including a 50% 401(k) match and “fantastic” health coverage — and “incredible” employees and managers.
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38. Johnson & Johnson

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Feel proud at work,” one employee notes of the biotech and pharmaceutical giant. “Great career opportunities and adaptation of disruptive technologies. Supportive management and provides a lot of learning opportunities to employees. Good working culture.”
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37. Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants

Employee ranking: 4.4

“At Kimpton, I am part of a culture that challenges me to be my best self, challenges me to be a leader in the industry and also surrounds my team and I with some of the best leaders in the industry,” one employee of the San Francisco, Calif.-based hotel chain notes.
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36. Forrester

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Though only four months in, it is so evident that collaboration, curiosity and integrity are engrained in the Forrester culture,” one employee notes of the research and development company. “The training programs are in-depth and beneficial, and the transparency of the executive team is outstanding (and rare!).”
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35. Boston Scientific

Employee ranking: 4.4

Employees note on Glassdoor that the healthcare product manufacturing company, based out of Marlborough, Mass., has “great” company culture, an employee-first attitude and great benefits, including flexible work hours.
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34. SAP Concur

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Working at Concur is a dream come true,” says one employee of the travel and expense management services company. “Amazing work-life balance, a place that truly cares about its people. They take massive steps towards LGBTQ equality, workplace diversity, increasing women in leadership and community stewardship,” the review continues.
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33. VMware

Employee ranking: 4.4

“The culture is amazing, work-life balance is great, technology and products are great,” according to one employee review of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer hardware and software developer. “We have extremely talented folks who are ready to go the extra mile for the customer.”

32. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Employee ranking: 4.4

“You’ll never find benefits this good at another job,” one worker says of the New York City hospital service provider. “People are cool to work with. Overall more laid back culture than you’d find at a profit-hungry company.”
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31. Adobe

Employee ranking: 4.4

A number of employees tout the positive nature of the computer hardware and software developer’s culture and people.

“People are genuine and collaborative,” one employee review notes. “People are focused on technology and innovation. Conducts a four-day Tech Summit just for engineers. Great benefits and work-life balance.”
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30. Intuit

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Silicon Valley’s best-kept secret,” one employee says of the Mountain View, Calif.-based computer hardware and software manufacturer. “Great culture, benefits package continues to innovate and improve, 30-plus year-old start up that is a bit more mature than the younger tech companies in San Francisco and the valley.”
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29. Paylocity

Employee ranking 4.4

“Amazing growing company that puts their employees’ and clients first,” one employee notes of the staffing and outsourcing company, which is based in Arlington Heights, Ill. “Positive work environment, development opportunities,” the reviewer notes, adding that other positives include community service and employee engagement.
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28. Blizzard Entertainment

Employee ranking: 4.4

“For the better part of a decade I’ve been working at Blizzard HQ in Irvine, Calif.,” one employee writes of the software gaming developer. “In all that time I’ve never met a fellow employee who wasn’t interesting, upbeat, and utterly driven by what they do for a living. The culture is organic and evolves, and the pride of craftsmanship is evident everywhere on campus. Great perks, fantastic benefits, and they work hard to keep their talent!”
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27. Nestle Purina

Employee ranking: 4.4

“Nestle Purina is a wonderful organization,” says one employee of the pet care subsidiary of Nestle. “Nestle Purina has created an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. This organization cares about their employees, which in turn feels like every employee adds value to the organization’s success.”
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26. AvalonBay Communities

Employee ranking: 4.4

One employee describes AvalonBay, a real estate investment trust headquartered in Arlington, Va., as a “well-rounded community.”

“Spirit of caring is real,” the worker notes. “Partners with American Red Cross to hold on site blood drives and offers a company match during times of disaster. Pays associates their full salary to volunteer at company-sponsored events (Habitat for Humanity builds, ForKids builds, regattas, food packing, etc.).”