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10 Best Companies To Work For

10 Best Companies To Work For

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate ready to enter the job market, I bet you would love to know the best companies to work for in 2015! Ranked according to former and current employee reviews, median salary rates and corporate benefits, here are top ten dream companies you should consider sending your resume to this year.

1. Google 

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    Once again Google got all the tops and received the “best company to work for” accolade according to the latest survey by Glassdoor.  Among the well known company perks are free gym, slides between floors, showers, free laundry services and an unlimited food supply, making some of the employees complain about getting too much extra weight. Excellent health insurance plans, extended maternity and paternity leaves, along with free legal advice in the US and paid study gigs are among the few reasons why Googlers love their jobs!

    On top of that all, an average Software Engineer salary starts from $127,916 annually and goes up to $237.000 per year if you are a coding rock star. Quoting one of the employees “If you’re a software engineer, you’re among the kings of the hill at Google.” So, tell me, does working for Google look like a really lucrative perspective to you?

    2. Bain&Company

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      This prestigious global management consulting firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, was ranked second by a few thousand employees from 51 offices in 33 countries around the globe. Can you imagine what it’s like to meet with the world’s famous leaders and have the ability to work side by side with the best problem-solvers in the world? “They put an incredible amount of focus on developing employees professionally and ensuring that your time with the company is enriching, enjoyable, and stimulating. The culture is incredibly social and collegial,” says a current employee.

      Main perks include: thrilling projects and ability to work with the best industry leaders; excellent corporate training; healthy life-work balance; full health insurance; limited hierarchy and the chance to take a year sabbatical. Consultants annual wage start from $121,000 and go up to whooping $175,000 per year.

      3. Nestlé Purina PetCare

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        For the last 140 years, Nestle been absolutely devoted to it’s never changing motto,”Good Food, Good Life.” With over 330.000 happy employees in 86 states worldwide and 2.000+ nutrition brands produced, Purina is one of the company’s branches focusing on providing all sort of goodies for pets. The company culture stands on “Five Talls”:integrity, passion, expertise, performance and innovation, earning the company a top 3 position in this years best employers chase.

        Being family-oriented and pet-friendly, Purina allows (and encourages!) employees to bring their pets with them to work, along with providing flexible schedule for working moms with small kids. Other benefits include a decent pension plan, competitive salaries with $104,000 a year for an Assistant Brand Manager position, cozy working spaces and numerous employees discounts.

        4. F5 Networks

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          The company specializing in Application Delivery Networking (ADN) develops highly-secured applications and a managerial system used in nearly every country around the globe.

          Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, F5 Networks also has offices in the UK, Tokyo, Singapore, Israel and Russia (just in case you ever consider relocating). As one of the long-term employee says, “I would say that the top of the list is the company culture is one of integrity, and one that values the employee as a human, not as a cog in the machine. I have full family health insurance that is 100% paid by F5. I do not have money taken out of my check for the premium. Stock grants, ESPP, 401(k) matching, donation matching, and vacation time are at or above what I consider standard for the Tech industry. Did I mention Beer Friday?”

          Senior Software Engineers here can expect an average wage of $146,000 per year with the highest salaries going up to $193,000. And did I mention you would be working for a security company that 48 of the Fortune 50 companies in the US are dependent upon?

          5. Boston Consulting Group

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            BCG was founded back in 1963 by Bruce D. Henderson with billings going as low as $500 in the first month. Today the company has grown into one of the Big Three management consultancies with 87 offices in 45 countries and $3.95 billion in revenue. As the employees say, working here is rather challenging. According to one employee there is “NO work-life balance at all. A romantic meeting with a nice girl? At 2 a.m. maybe”, yet at the same time, “you have stunning chances to grow professionally” and learn to work with the toughest industry-experts from all over the world.

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            A former BCG spilled out on Quora that BCG is great at providing every support you might need to get your job done. Data, information, training, presentations — everything is taken care of so that you can take care of the main task of working out the big picture.” The company is known to spend “100-plus hours and thousands of dollars to recruit each consultant,” so you can imagine how cool the perks are – from premium healthcare insurance for the employees’ families to lucrative pension plans and a 401(k). Sold?

            Now, the best thing is that as a Junior Consultant you can earn around $145,000 a year and expect a raise to $222,000 a year once you advance to Principal position.

            6. Chevron

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              Working for multinational energy giant can be pretty tempting in terms of high salaries and numerous positions available in 180 countries worldwide. Named as the best oil company to work for in 2013, Chevron puts great care into the well being of their employees with free health and fitness centers in all major locations, along with a lucrative adoption reimbursement program, offering up to $5,000 for adoption-related expenses. There are special nursing rooms set on-sight for new mothers, as well as college counselling programs for both employees and their families to guide them through the application process.

              Other perks current employees named are decent pension plans, excellent life insurance, paid iPhones, flexible work schedule, great room for personal development and a tuition reimbursement program.

              The average median pay after five years in Chevron is $102,000 a year according to PayScale. Yet as a Petroleum Engineer you can count on $117,000 per year and Research Scientist salaries go up to $124,000 per year.

              7.  H-E-B

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                Started as a small corner store on the ground floor of a family home back in 1905, today H-E-B ranks 15 on Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s Largest Private Companies with over 350 stores all around Texas and annual revenue of twenty billion dollars. What differs H-E-B from other supermarket chains is that the company actually cares about making the staff content and keeping them fulfilled and motivated.

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                Employees are constantly challenged with new tasks and extra responsibilities. No matter how new and inexperienced you are, there are zero chances you will be stacking shelves all day long or doing any other task over and over again.

                Among the favorite perks current and former employees name are special (huge!) partner discounts, weekly freebies, flexible working hours, perfect for students and recent grads, career growth with ability to move up just as fast as you want, great department rotation scheme and free flu shots during cold season. With an average salary of  $51,000 and a bunch of positive reviews at Glassdoor and Indeed, it seems like H-E-B does follow it’s motto precisely “(H)ere (E)verything Is (B)etter Because People Matter”.

                8. In-N-Out Burger

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                  California based restaurant chain seriously outranked it’s top competitor McDonald’s this year in terms of better working environment and employee satisfaction rates. The company even ranked higher than Facebook!

                  In-N-Out Burger offers above the median hourly rate to all employees (including part-timers) and 44% above the federal minimum wage, along with numerous benefits like advanced insurance packages, covering dental, vision and accidents; a decent retirement program with a 401(k) and a defined contribution profit-sharing plan. All employees have at least 15% discount at the company store and at all sorts of company-sponsored events.

                  With a policy of promoting from within, you can grow from a trainee to the store manager in just a few years. With an average hourly salary of 14$, you can expect to earn 20$ per hour as an Assistant Manager and 11$ per hour as a cashier.

                  9. McKinsey & Company

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                    At McKinsey, the company culture is often described as the one that values intellect over experience; influence over compulsion; logic over emotion; facts over gut feel. There’s no such thing as a typical day at McKinsey as some Fridays are spent in “home offices.” Whereas on Monday you may find yourself boarding an early flight to meet the client on sight and spend your whole week brainstorming until late with your team.

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                    The work-life balance here is tough, yet employees are motivated with numerous perks to avoid stress-outs like a “Take Time” policy, which allows consultants to take additional unpaid leave (5 to 10 weeks) between projects and longer unpaid leaves with extra benefits for up to six months. If you have polished your resumemastered the interview and finally landed a job at the firm, you can expect to earn $162,000 a year as Management Consultant Associate and up to $259,000 a year as an Engagement Manager.

                    10. Mayo Clinic

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                      Finishing last, but not least, the largest nonprofit medical group practice in the world is a dream workplace for any MD. The company generously spends over $500 million a year on new technologies and innovative treatments, along with new equipment and better working conditions.

                      “I had to relocate recently and this is the only reason I left Mayo! Hardest decision of my life! This is the best hospital in the world to work at or be a patient. Extremely professional, kind, and competent employees. The best environment for nurses to work in. Everyone respects each other and you can depend on your co workers. ‘Mayo nice’ is a thing. If you don’t have it…you won’t last here! I’d trust these people with my life,” comments one of the former employee.

                      Other known perks include strong encouragement of a proper work/life balance; superb secretarial support, making it easier to focus on things that truly matter instead of paper work; team-oriented work; top-notch management along with incredible support for employee advancement. And yes, the salaries are more than competitive with a median of $53,000 for a Senior Research Fellow position and up to $440,000 offered to Physicians.

                      Featured photo credit: Σπύρος Βάθης via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

                      You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

                      Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

                      “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

                      It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

                      Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

                      As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

                      As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

                      Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

                      Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

                      1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

                      When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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                      Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

                      2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

                      Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

                      But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

                      If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

                      Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

                      3. Go to All Office Networking Events

                      Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

                      If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

                      Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

                      Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

                      The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

                      Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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                      4. Show Initiative

                      Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

                      Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

                      Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

                      5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

                      Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

                      Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

                      6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

                      A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

                      Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

                      Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

                      A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

                      Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

                      Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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                      These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

                      Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

                      7. Find a Mentor

                      With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

                      Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

                      Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

                      Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

                      8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

                      After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

                      What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

                      Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

                      Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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                      You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

                      9. Set Your Professional Bar High

                      Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

                      Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

                      Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

                      Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

                      “Half of life is showing up.”

                      The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

                      Remember, your career is your business!

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