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Tech Companies Dominate List of “Top Attractors”

LinkedIn recently released a list of “Top Attractors.” The list ranks the 40 most competitive companies who are the best at attracting and keeping top talent.

LinkedIn used its extensive data from more than 433 million members to craft the list, which was created using data on job applications, views on companies’ career pages, member engagement and retention of new hires.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, tech companies, known for high growth coupled with lucrative perks, snagged 45 percent of the top 40 spots in the U.S.

Here’s a list of the top ten.

  1. Airbnb Since coming on the scene in 2008, Airbnb has changed the way people vacation. It’s not only a richly valued private company, but its company culture emphasizes an inclusion and a “sense of belonging” the company told LinkedIn. Perks include annual travel credit, daily meals and snacks, and paid volunteer time.
  2. Twitter Weeks after being named CEO last fall, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey announced that he would give a third of his stock to employees, an amount worth at the time around $200 million. Since then, the company’s delivered more perks, like 20 weeks fully paid parental leave for full-timers.
  3. Tesla Valued at approximately $32 billion, Tesla only has 13,000 employees. The company is competing against the likes of Apple and Google, among others, to hire engineers to develop self-driving cars. According to LinkedIn, “Elon Musk says he prefers company rules to company values, which can be “fairly obvious mom-and-apple-pie stuff.” One rule, as he noted at a conference last year: Employees who find meetings a waste of time are expected to get up and leave.
  4. Microsoft Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington is sprinkled with restaurants, cafes, espresso stands, and retail shops not to mention a sports field. Another draw for candidates is Microsoft’s unique approach to career development: “an individual adventure,” as it’s called. Its 118,000 employees are encouraged to plot their own path, working towards becoming a specialist or a generalist. Some offbeat perks include physician house calls in the Seattle area, up to $9,000 in 401(k) contributions and generous time off allowances to the tune of 15 paid vacation days, 10 paid sick-leave days and 10 paid U.S. holidays, plus two personal days.
  5. Uber With over 6,700 full-time employees and a $62.5 billion valuation, Uber is the most valuable of the new crop of privately held tech companies. The company has a grueling interview process, but its wide-ranging business ambitions, from self-driving cars to same-day delivery, make it an attractive place to work.
  6. Amazon The ever-expanding company pays well and supplies employees with the Amazon Career Choice Program, paying up to 95 percent of tuition fees. The e-commerce retailer recently committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses during the next five years. Women in tech are championed, too; Amazon Women in Engineering provide ongoing mentorships.
  7. Apple People are happy to work at Apple because of the innovative products that they create. Former employees rave on LinkedIn about talented co-workers and great flexibility. They are diversifying too: It hired 11,000 women during a recent reported 12-month period, a 65 percent increase.
  8. Facebook The tech giant has come a long way from its Harvard dorm room roots and now employs more than 13,000 workers. It’s a sought-after employer because it gives its workers the freedom to take on big projects and it also extended its four-month paid parental leave program to all full-timers last year.
  9. Salesforce After a little inspiration from Buddhist monks, CEO Marc Benioff  decided to create “mindfulness zones,” or quiet areas, on every floor of Salesforce’s new building in San Francisco. According to LinkedIn, this installation is a nod to the company’s stance on wellness: “employees can’t guide customers to success if they aren’t first taking care of themselves.” The cloud computing company also offers 7 days of paid leave annually for employees to spend time volunteering, $100 in monthly wellness reimbursements, and dog-friendly offices and more.
  10. Google With millions of applications each year, the lucky 60,000 employees enjoy great perks, like on-site massages, free meals, A-list speakers, even death benefits. Google is also making strides to close the gender gap by offering pay by job rather going off someone’s previous salary. The company obsesses about employee happiness, studying how to build the perfect team.

You can see the complete list of “Top Attractors” here.