Google has long been touted as one of the best companies to work for. And now, to drive that point home, the web giant has been rated top employer for pay and benefits by Glassdoor, a company that collects data and ranks companies based on a number of factors, including work/life balance. Glassdoor determines its conclusions based on anonymous employee reports discussing everything from compensation, perks and growth opportunities.
Costco, surprisingly, ranks second in the study. In order to be considered for the list, a company must have a minimum of 75 ratings from current and former U.S.-based employees. The top companies, of course, all boast a high number of employees past and present, who, it can be argued, take both their jobs and the accompanying perks seriously.
These perks might include free lunches or stock options. Maybe employees can bring their dog to work, or maybe they can work from home on occasion. Workplace flexibility, after all, is one of the most important things to workers. Working moms, perhaps more than anyone else in the work force, appreciate a flexible environment and long for that work/life balance that is often difficult to find; thus, this latest list is worth our attention.
Given that Google’s average base salary (for software engineers) is $128k, with Facebook’s average not far behind at $120k, and that 12 out of the 25 top companies were in the tech industry, more working moms ought to be seeking jobs with in Silicon Valley. Although these six figure salaries refer to the engineers, the range of opportunities available in a company like Google or Facebook (ranked third in the study) is huge. Moreover, it’s safe to assume that the pay across all job descriptions isn’t too shabby.
In a time when women are working more than ever to receive fair pay and equal treatment in the workplace, we’d do well to do our research before the next round of job applications.