Why Did Facebook Finish Fifth On Glassdoor’s 50 Best Places To Work In 2014 After Topping The 2013 List?

By David Cohen 

Glassdoor50BestPlacesToWork2014Teaser650The good news for Facebook is that it finished at No. 5 on the list of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014, compiled by social jobs and career community Glassdoor based on input from anonymous employees at the respective companies. The bad news for Facebook is that it fell to No. 5 from No. 1 on the 2013 list.

The social network’s fifth-place finish for 2014 continues an up-and-down trend, as it topped the list in 2011, before slipping to third in 2012, only to reclaim the crown in 2013.

The four companies that finished ahead of Facebook on the 2014 list from Glassdoor were:

  1. Bain & Co.
  2. Twitter
  3. LinkedIn
  4. Eastman Chemical

Facebook also came in at No. 3 on the 2014 list of tech companies, behind Twitter and LinkedIn, and just ahead of Guidewire and Interactive Intelligence. Facebook had been No. 1 on this list for the three previous years.

Glassdoor shared the following comments from anonymous Facebook employees:

A program manager based in its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., wrote:

Excellent benefits and employee perks — on-site healthcare, chiropractor, acupuncture, gym, and many others I haven’t tried out yet. Another huge bonus for me is the support I have here as a woman in the tech community, it’s pretty amazing.

A software engineer based in Menlo Park wrote:

Opportunities, benefits, perks. Engineers go through a four- to six-week training program and have an opportunity to choose which team to work on. The benefits package is very competitive. On-site perks are awesome.

And another Menlo Park-based software engineer wrote:

From day one, you have the opportunity to have impact, and the company as a whole is very open.

And here is how Facebook has fared in other Glassdoor studies over the past year:

Readers: Why do you think Facebook slipped in Glassdoor’s rankings?