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Some people find their dream jobs early on, and some never do. I consider myself one of the lucky few college grads because I landed my dream job in the form of an internship before I even walked across the stage and received my degree. I absolutely love what I do and the company I work for, so it would take a lot for me to jump ship and join another company. But, if I were to, these 10 incredible companies would be at the top of my list (but don’t tell my boss).
Naturally, Google is number one on the list. I’m convinced that Google is going to run the world one day, but for now, I’d be pretty happy to just have the privilege of working in their office. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (it played endlessly for 24 hours in our room on my last cruise, so I’d like to think I’m an expert on Google’s workplace environment), you know how awesome this company is.
Their employees, or “Googlers,” enjoy many benefits, like free shuttles to work (with Wi-fi!), free healthy meals, fitness and laundry facilities, and the ability to bring their pets to work. Not to mention, Googlers earn a median salary of $133,000 after five years with the company. Now, where can I get an application?
Like Google, Facebook is consistently ranked as one of the top companies to work for in the U.S. Also, like Google, Facebook has their hands in everything, such as WhatsApp and Instagram, so even if you don’t like Facebook itself, there are many other intriguing aspects that make this company great. Facebook employees report a jaw-dropping 93% job satisfaction rate, and it’s not difficult to see why.
At most companies, if I was an employee and had a disagreement with a manager, well, that’s too bad for me because I’m not very high up on the totem pole. But at Facebook? Nah. Employees are encouraged to question their managers if they have a better idea. The quality of your work is key here, not just your title.
As an introvert and a writer, I adore working from home. It’s significantly more relaxing, and it doesn’t even feel like work! Well, Microsoft is the place to be if you’re like me because 41% of their employees are able to work from home. Microsoft is sometimes left off the list of best tech companies in favor of companies like Google and Apple, but it’s an amazing company in its own right.
Microsoft treats its employees wonderfully, with none of them ever having to pay out-of-pocket for any medical expenses. That alone would make me flock to Microsoft. Free lunches and stuff is great, but this is where the real perks are at!
Who doesn’t want to work for this ingenuitive tech giant? Employees say that the stress level and secrecy of this job can be overwhelming, but the satisfaction of knowing that your work is making a real impact on the world is worth it.
Apple does its best to make sure employees are happy and working at full-capacity by providing them with some great perks as well, like benefits for everyone (even part-time workers), free shuttle service to and from work, amazing on-site food, and most of all: knowing that you can get hired anywhere if you’ve worked at Apple. Employees also say that working at this company feels more like working at a startup than a massive corporation because of the career flexibility.
This company is known for its friendly, fun-loving team, and it topped Glassdoor’s list of the Top 25 Companies for Culture and Values. Employees can enjoy perks like a generous vacation policy, catered meals every day, paid maternity and paternity leave, in-office yoga and pilates, and discounts on cars and cell service. I’m guessing this is so Twitter employees can tweet to their heart’s content without their monthly bills going through the roof.
Employees cite “collaboration” as one of the primary perks of the job because everyone is avidly working toward a common goal – that goal being the ability to provide you with the first look at celebrity feuds (like Nicki and T-Swift). Just kidding. I’m sure they do more important work than that.
In addition to LinkedIn being a great resource for its consumers, this company is also great for its employees. It has a staggering 100% job satisfaction rate due in part to its free, delicious food, game rooms (yes, more than one), its own band (made up of LinkedIn employees) that plays during lunches and other events, a rock climbing wall, an in-house gym, and even reserved parking spaces for expectant mothers. Is there anything they don’t do?
If you’re a writer, you know the dream is to score a coveted job at the magical social news company called Buzzfeed. At least that’s my dream. What I, and their employees, love most about this company is their open-mindedness and flexibility when it comes to both content and work environment. They have so much pull in the real world, including coercing President Obama to make a hilarious video with them. They’re also rapidly growing, hiring one new person a day, every day, so your dream of working here may not be that out of reach.
I feel like I spend almost as many hours a day on Pinterest as I do at my real job, so wouldn’t it be wonderful to get paid for it? (I know, I know, working at Pinterest encompasses more than scrolling endlessly through home decor pins, but still.) Pinterest has grown incredibly fast since it was founded in 2010, and its mission is “to help people discover things they love, and inspire them to do those things in their daily lives.”
Employees can enjoy a variety of benefits, like a good work-life balance, interesting tasks, playing football during breaks, and having one hour a week to ask the founders of Pinterest questions.
The first job everyone thinks of when “working at Disney” pops in their head is playing a fairytale princess at Disney World or Disneyland. As much as I would love to don some glass slippers and a ball gown and call it work, I would probably choose one of their other jobs (and there are a lot to choose from).
You can find a job at Disney in pretty much any field, and you can reap some great perks, like unlimited access to the parks, guest passes for family, onsite childcare, financial compensation for commuters, and luxury housing options for those who reside at the park. Disney has an 87% rating for job satisfaction (and a 100% rating for making dreams come true).
Discovery Communications owns several famous brands, like the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery and OWN, which are pretty much all the TV channels you’ll ever need in your lifetime.
Discovery’s top priority is to keep their employees’ creative juices flowing, so they provide tons of free activities, like African dance lessons, chocolate-making classes, fly-fishing trips, and improv seminars. Another amazing benefit is that they have a doctor’s office and pharmacy onsite, so employees can conveniently take care of their health without having to drive all over town when they’re ill.