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Chicago-area companies among best places to work in US

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Nellie Chapman | 07 December, 2018, 10:19

Facebook no longer tops Glassdoor's list of best places to work. As expected, there are conflicting reviews about all large companies. Google also fell in the ranks compared to a year ago, although it only dropped three spots compared to Facebook's six, now coming in at number eight.

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It is possible that Facebook slipped in the list this year because of all the controversies that have surrounded it.

Glassdoor's ranking algorithm takes into account a number of attributes from tens of thousands of employee reviews, including the company's overall rating, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, work-life balance, the likelihood it would be recommended to a friend, and a six-month business outlook.

Best companies to work for is a list that every employer and employee wants their company to be featured in.

Employee satisfaction at Facebook has taken a big hit in the a year ago, according to new research from Glassdoor. In-N-Out Burger 4. Procore Technologies 5.

Search giant Google came in eighth place in 2018, following a stronger performance the year prior (fifth). A total of 29 tech companies made the list for 2019 (up from 28 companies in 2018), including Google (No. 8), LinkedIn (No. 6), Microsoft (No. 34) and Apple (No. 71). Google and Apple were the only other companies that have made the list each year since its inception.

According to a CNBC report earlier this week, Facebook employees are contacting former colleagues to look for jobs outside the company. Workers' concerns - and protests - over how the military could use Google's technology contributed to executives' decision to pull a bid for a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon.

That badge of honor goes to Bain & Co, which also landed in the top spot for the fourth time this year on the 2019 ranking - the list's 11th year, which was released late Tuesday. "Bain fosters a really supportive and fun work environment", according to one associate there.

"Most of the criticism has been external at Facebook, and we just don't see as many employees impacted by it as you might have thought", he said, noting that some reviews mentioned the bad publicity was actually helping employees "band together" and that the difference between its score (4.5) and the top score (4.6) is extremely small.