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Facebook named best U.S. company to work for

Selection comes despite troubled year

CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer
CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer

Facebook — despite suffering through what charitably could be described as a turbulent year — was ranked as best place to work in 2018, according to Indeed.

The career website compiled its annual list of the 50 top-rated workplaces, based on 72 million employer ratings and reviews of Fortune 500 companies.

The social media platform was fourth on last year’s list.

“Clearly, Facebook’s employees over the last two years believe that there’s been transparency internally, from the top down,” said Paul Wolfe, senior vice president at Indeed.

“The company is also focused on perks and benefits, which brings it to the top of the list.”

Although Facebook reportedly is revered by employees for a sense of internal corporate transparency, the company has spent the past year warding off criticism from politicians and the media for a lack of transparency surrounding algorithmic news rankings, content policies and data breaches.

The issue has brought Facebook congressional hearings and an FBI probe.

“While it might appear that the challenges the company has recently faced might deter people, the employees we attract are the type of people that tend to be excited and engaged in those big, complicated problems and would like to solve them,” Anthony Harrison, a Facebook spokesperson, said in an interview.

Technology companies and airlines dominated the highest-rated workplaces. Southwest Airlines and Salesforce.com followed in second and third place, respectively. Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Apple also ranked among the top 10.

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“Companies that have a progressive culture, focus on the employee experience and make sure their employees are engaged tend to make the top 10,” Wolfe said.

Although unemployment rates have fluctuated around the lowest percent in 18 years, more than half of employed Americans are thinking about leaving their current jobs, according to a Gallup survey released this month.

Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook, however, doesn’t appear concerned about losing workers. The social media giant has conducted internal surveys and found that most intend to stay at the company, Harrison said.

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