The 25 best tech companies to work for in 2016, according to employees

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Job hunting site Glassdoor has once again peered into its massive database of employee reviews to come up with this list of the best tech companies to work for in 2016.

This research is part of it broader look at the 50 best places to work overall.

All of the companies on this list had at least 75 verified company and workplace factor ratings from U.S.-based employees between November 2, 2015 and October 30, 2016.

And all had an overall rating of at least 4 stars out of 5.


No. 25: Square

Company: Square

Headquarters: San Francisco

Overall employee rating: 4.1 stars out of 5

What it does: Square turns a smartphone or tablet into a credit card reader and is a popular way for business owners, particularly small businesses, to accept credit cards. Square was founded by CEO Jack Dorsey who is also CEO of Twitter.

An employee says:

“Pros: All-around great company. Very mission driven company. People really care about the work. Amazingly strong exec team. Jack is an exceptional visionary and great to work with. A fantastic culture and work environment. When something isn’t working, the company moves quickly to fix it. Great perks and benefits.

Cons: Sometimes hard to be promoted from within. People from the outside seem to get better deals which can be frustrating.”


No. 24: Cisco

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Company: Cisco

Headquarters: San Jose, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.1 stars out of 5

What it does: Cisco Systems is the world’s biggest manufacturer of computer network equipment and it also builds security, videoconferencing and collaboration technology.

An employee says:

“Pros: flexibility, great people, technical innovation, work life balance.

Cons: increasing bureaucracy, rewards increasingly concentrated only at the top.”


No. 23: VMware

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Company: VMware

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.0 stars out of 5

What it does: VMware is a leader in a market called “virtualization” which is software that allows computer servers to run more efficiently. It also makes software that manages mobile devices. It is now mostly owned by Dell Enterprise.

An employee says:

“Pros: Industry leading technology, Honorable core beliefs, and phenomenal culture, Passionate leadership at all levels, starting at the top, Benefits are second to none, Ability to make a ton of money, Amazing work/life balance.

Cons: Cumbersome internal sales process, Parent org ownership, 401K matching is capped, Geographically dispersed support teams – timezone and language barrier.”


No. 22: Tableau Software

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Tableau

Company: Tableau Software

Headquarters: Seattle, WA

Overall employee rating: 4.0 stars out of 5

What it does: Tableau makes software that allows companies to analyze their big data sources, particularly with charts and graphs.

An employee says:

“Pros: Amazing benefits, fully stocked kitchen, great building and location. Coworkers are all amazing. Very smart and talented group of people.

Cons: Salary is not as competitive as other software companies in the [market]. Growing pains, which is natural. Uncertainty in future planning.”


No. 21: Expedia

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Company: Expedia

Headquarters: Bellevue, WA

Overall employee rating: 4.0 stars out of 5

What it does: Expedia is an online travel booking site.

An employee says:

“Pros: The company is fast paced, full of smart competent coworkers. Upper management for the most part values full-time employees, and pays them fairly well all things considered.

Cons: There is a constant chaotic workflow stemming from lack of vision/focus, and unless you know the right person, there can be slow upward mobility.”


No. 20: Texas Instruments

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Company: Texas Instruments

Headquarters: Dallas

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: Texas Instruments is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies.

An employee says:

“Pros: Lots of down-to-earth engineers willing to collaborate and ready to help. It is easy to move among different product lines.

Cons: With semiconductor industry commoditized, the focus is profit and cost control, not innovation.”


No. 19: Microsoft

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Company: Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, WA

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: Microsoft is one of the world’s largest software and technology companies.

An employee says:

“Pros: Great pay and benefits. Inclusive culture. Easy to move around to other teams if you want to.

Cons: Some people are frustrated with the small scope of what they work on or the slow pace but I think that’s just a symptom of the size and complexity of the projects you work on at Microsoft.”


No. 18: Apple

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Company: Apple

Headquarters: Cupertino, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: Apple makes iPhones, iPads, Mac PCs, sells music and apps and offers assorted other consumer software and hardware products.

An employee says:

“Pros: Working at Apple means that the things you work on get into the hands of hundreds of millions of people, literally. It’s a lot of pressure to get things right and drives one to do the best work of their lives. 2+ years later I’m still blown away by the talent and creativity of people I work with.

Cons: It’s a lot of work, teams are usually strapped for resources and under pressure to deliver on strict timelines leading to high stress and long hours at certain times during the year.”


No. 17: Airbnb

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Company: Airbnb

Headquarters: San Francisco

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: Airbnb is a tech platform that allows people with spare rooms to rent them out to travelers looking for a temporary place to stay.

An employee says:

“Pros: Amazing culture and talented people to work with.

Cons: Lots of restructuring in the business and sometimes not managed in the best way.”


No. 16: NVIDIA

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Company: NVIDIA

Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: NVIDIA makes graphic processing and other specialty chips.

An employee says:

“Pros: Interesting work. A lot of business prospects. New and upcoming opportunities to learn and contribute to the changing field of computing.

Cons: Work-life balance is less than great. Scheduling pressure, occasional unrealistic schedules, resulting in product realignment and even cancellations.”


No. 15: Zillow

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Company: Zillow

Headquarters: Seattle, WA

Overall employee rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

What it does: Zillow is an online real estate market.

An employee says: “Pros: everyone was passionate about what they were doing and was so excited. there is crazy energy and there is nothing like it.

Cons: hard to grow and move up.”


No. 14: Akamai

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Company: Akamai

Headquarters: Cambridge, MA

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Akamai is a leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, a network that helps websites run faster.

An employee says:

“Pros: Really intelligent people and management. Great culture of intellectual honesty and collaboration. Management invests heavily in solid relationships and fosters cross team collaboration. Hard chargers are rewarded for high performance appropriately.

Cons: Legacy infrastructure reinforces service delivery patterns that may be holding back rapid innovation and new product development.”


No. 13: Concur

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Company: Concur

Headquarters: Bellevue, WA

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Concur makes travel and expense report software. It was acquired by SAP for $8.4 billion in 2014.

An employee says:

“Pros: Awesome culture and great people.

Cons: Some growing pains under SAP.”


No. 12: Docusign

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Company: Docusign

Headquarters: San Francisco

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Docusign makes eSignature software.

An employee says:

Pros: Product, Employees, Competitive Salaries, Campus, but most of all customers that love us and our technology.

Cons: We are growing so fast the workload can be overwhelming. Must be a self starter, self sufficient and have impeccable time management skills to survive. Growth is a good problem to have but it’s easy to get burnt out.”


No. 11: Intuit

Company: Intuit

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Intuit offers accounting, tax software and loans.

An employee says:

“Pros: great benefits. caring, fun work environment.

Cons: growing very quickly, sometimes too quickly to respond in the depth they need.”


No. 10: Salesforce

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Company: Salesforce

Headquarters: San Francisco

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Salesforce offers cloud software for sales, marketing and customer support.

An employee says:

“Pros: Vibrant, fast paced culture, smart, fun, aggressive colleagues, management is focused on latest tech trends and staying or becoming a leader for many of them, by and large, customers and partners are very positive about the technology, good benefits …

Cons: To say the culture is fast paced and the focus is always changing is an understatement. The reason Salesforce always seems on top, and chasing the latest trend, and in the press, is because employees are expected to run harder, carry more, cheer loudly, and pivot constantly.”


No. 9: MathWorks

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MathWorks

Company: MathWorks

Headquarters: Natick, MA

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: MathWorks makes technical computing software used for data analysis, visualization, and mathematical computations.

An employee says:

“Pros: Management is both responsive and open-minded. The atmosphere is relaxed but the work expectation is top-notch.

Cons: Consensus-based decision-making can be frustrating on occasion.”


No. 8: SAP

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SAP

Company: SAP

Headquarters: Walldorf, Germany. US HQ, Newtown Square, Pa

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: SAP makes software for accounting, finance and supply management software for large corporations.

An employee says:

“Pros: SAP is very in-touch with the reality of today’s workforce. Many employees have a variety of needs – SAP helps connect employees to those needs.

Cons: We’re a large organization. With this, it can be challenging to know what each part of the organization does on a daily basis.”


No. 7: Paylocity

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Company: Paylocity

Headquarters: Arlington Heights, IL

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Paylocity offers cloud-based payroll and HR software.

An employee says:

“Pros: Paylocity is a company that is employee-centric, they understand that happy employees translate to happy clients.

Cons: Growing pains, company’s growth causes clients to get shuffled.”


No. 6: Adobe

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Company: Adobe

Headquarters: San Jose, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

What it does: Adobe makes cloud based graphic design, photography and marketing software.

An employee says:

“Pros: Excellent teams including management. Challenging work, great tools and perks.

Cons: Complexity of projects, interdependencies, work and tools can sometimes get in the way of productivity.”


No. 5: LinkedIn

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Company: LinkedIn

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

What it does: LinkedIn operates a social network for business professionals and sells recruiting and sales software. It is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft.

An employee says:

“Pros: Superb career development, fantastic perks, great events.

Cons: Poor collaboration, poor communication.”


No. 4: Fast Enterprises

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Company: Fast Enterprises

Headquarters: Centennial, CO

Overall employee rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

What it does: Fast Enterprises offers software and consulting for government organizations.

An employee says:

“Pros: At Fast you are given the ability to quickly make an impact on the area you are assigned. There isn’t a leash, although reviews of ones work is part of the process. The people working at Fast are great to work with and enjoyable. Benefits are great.

Cons: You are expected to work hard, so don’t think there will be down time.”


No. 3: World Wide Technology

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Company: World Wide Technology

Headquarters: Maryland Heights, MO

Overall employee rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

What it does: World Wide Technology is a technology consultant specializing in supply chain software.

An employee says:

“Pros: WWT is extremely caring towards their employees as well as their customers. The benefits are amazing. The company thrives on making their employees happy knowing it will make their customers happy.

Cons: Some of those in higher position could be better trained for their positions.”


No. 2: Google

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Company: Google

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

What it does: Google is the world’s internet search giant but it also offers cloud software, Android phones and other assorted tech.

An employee says:

“Pros: Great company ethic, good perks, smart people.

Cons: Poor work life balance, some departments have red tape.”


No. 1: Facebook

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Company: Facebook

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Overall employee rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

What it does: Facebook runs the world’s biggest social media site and it is expanding into other areas, such as virtual reality.

An employee says:

“Pros: Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Cox and the rest of the leadership team. Inspiring, smart and totally real. The Culture: The openness is a real thing, we’re trusted to do the right thing, mistakes are expected, being yourself is important and encouraged.

Cons: Like any tech company, the work is big and complicated so work/life balance can suffer from time to time.”