Once upon a time, Google was the place to work, the company everyone wanted to put on their resume. Heck, even knowing someone who worked there was a really big deal.

In fact, it still is a great place to be—it’s number eight in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards 2016. That’s not too shabby a spot considering that the annual list includes 50 companies—but it’s not as hot as it once was.

The place with the most satisfied workers, based on employee ratings and review, is an accolade that now belongs to Airbnb. The travel site (which, notably, didn’t make the list last year), allows everyday people to list, find, and rent lodging. And it’s arguably changed the way we see the world. Not to mention, it’s helped a few of us (myself included) make a little extra money on the side.

Its 4.6 (out of five) star rating on Glassdoor says a lot about the company’s success and workplace vibe. Consider this: A whopping 95% of employees would recommend the company to a friend, and 98% approve of the CEO. One reviewer, who has been with Airbnb for more than three years, has this to say about the company: “This is truly the most exciting and empowering place I have ever worked.” Another writes: “I could not imagine life anywhere else. This company offers great benefits and truly cares about their employees well-being.” In a job market where most companies struggle with low retention rates, that’s an impressive statement.


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Many Glassdoor reviewers mention Airbnb’s perks as a pro of being employed by the company. This is true of Google as well, along with several of the top companies of 2016: Facebook, LinkedIn, software companies Guidewire and HubSpot, and the lucky number two, Bain & Company—a management consulting firm with a 4.6 rating to match Airbnb’s and a 100% CEO approval rating! Free meals, unlimited vacation, gorgeous work spaces, and flexible hours are just a handful of perks that these highly-lauded companies serve up.

Business Insider’s coverage of the news includes an employee quote from each of the 50 companies on the list. From names you might expect—Nike, Apple, Twitter—to ones you might not—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Delta Air Lines, In-N-Out Burger—it’s an eye-opening look at the companies to keep an eye on in the year ahead. Because wouldn’t it be nice to go into work each day at one of the 50 best places to work in the country?


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