Amazon Is No. 1 on the 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies List

Last year’s leader, Alphabet, came in second

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Amazon vaulted its way to the top of the 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies list, swapping positions with last year’s leader, Google parent Alphabet, which came in second.

They were joined in the top five by Facebook (No. 3, No. 3 in 2017), Salesforce (No. 4, No. 4 last year) and Tesla (No. 5, up from No. 6 in 2017).

LinkedIn said it complies its list based on “the billions of actions of our 540 million-plus members,” adding that it “looks at data including job seeker reach and interest, engagement and retention, paired with an editorial lens.”

Twitter experienced the biggest drop in the rankings, falling to No. 43 from No. 17 in 2017, and Uber also took a hit, dropping from No. 5 to No. 12.

Spotify, which filed for an initial public offering late last month, was the top newcomer to the list, at No. 11.

Other notable newcomers included LVMH (No. 19), the National Basketball Association (No. 33), Nike (No. 35) and the National Football League (No. 39).

LinkedIn also shared the following “insights, perks and trends”:

  • Amazon now prepays 95 percent of tuition, textbooks and fees for employees looking to be trained in “professions of the future.”
  • The newest offices at Alphabet include “sky-high dog parks, outdoor fire pits and bouldering walls.”
  • Facebook extended its bereavement leave policy to up to 20 days.
  • Salesforce conducts “continuous audits” of its salary data, spending $6 million to help ensure that compensation at the company is equal across gender and race.
  • Tesla offers a carpool program that allows employees to drive one of its cars to work and keep it on weekends.
  • Apple employees get 25 percent discounts on its devices.
  • Employees of Comcast NBC Universal get free entry to Universal theme parks, discounts on resorts and early access to movies and television shows.
  • Disney invested $50 million earlier this year in an ongoing education program to cover tuition costs for its hourly employees.
  • Oracle encourages its developers to file patents.
  • Netflix doesn’t have set policies on vacation time, paid parental leave, dress code or expenses, trusting its employees to “do what they think is best for Netflix.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.