Where Do LinkedIn Users Really Want to Work?

Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce and Uber were the Top Companies for 2017

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LinkedIn users really want to work at Google parent Alphabet, according to the professional network’s analysis of “billions of actions” by its more than 500 million members for its second annual Top Companies list.

The top five was rounded out by Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce and Uber.

In contrast, the top five companies on the 2016 list were Apple (No. 7 this year), Salesforce, Facebook, Google and Amazon.

The entire list is available here, and Blair Decembrele, who works on consumer and editorial marketing communications for LinkedIn, shared some highlights in a blog post:

The companies on the list want to make sure their new hires feel welcome from the get-go. For Square (No. 49), that means new employees meet CEO Jack Dorsey right off the bat and get to ask him any question they want. Workday (No. 15) provides a $50 gift card to its company swag store, Starbucks (No. 46) begins orientation with a coffee tasting (how appropriate) and Airbnb’s (No. 11) day one “check-in” includes going on volunteer trips to a local nonprofit and participating in product trivia games.

Many of these companies offer their employees time off beyond normal leave. Twitter (No. 17) doesn’t track vacation days, while Edelman (No. 48) offers an “Escape” program every year that provides a select group of employees with $1,500 and a week off to either “live a dream” or “give a dream.”

Following in the footsteps of Alphabet’s Jolly Good Fellow, many of the Top Companies are getting more inventive with their job titles to handle new company focuses. Booz Allen Hamilton (No. 37) has a Chief Storyteller. At Adobe (No. 24), you’ll find a People Scientist and Principal Artist-in-Residence. Leidos (No. 31) takes unique positions to a whole new level, though the company has a number of cool jobs ranging from Animal Caretaker to Robotics Vision Engineer and Cryptologic Language Analyst.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.