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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.

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                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                      Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                      Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                      Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                      How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                      The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                      You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                      Physical Signs

                      Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                      It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                      In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                      Mental Signs

                      One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                      I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                      Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                      • The tension in your neck
                      • Difficulties with sleeping
                      • Unable to concentrate
                      • High anxiety
                      • Depression

                      If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                      Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                      Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                      The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                      Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                      Desire for an Increase of Salary

                      The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                      At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                      Overnight Decision

                      Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                      Rejected for a Promotion

                      I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                      Bored at Work

                      Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                      A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                      • How long have you worked in your career?
                      • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                      • Do you receive recognition?
                      • Can you consider working in a new department?

                      If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                      How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                      I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                      One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                      It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                      A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                      You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                      • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                      • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                      • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                      How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                      The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                      1. Write a Career Plan

                      A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                      You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                      2. Weigh Your Options

                      If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                      You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                      3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                      It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                      A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                      • Economic factors
                      • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                      • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                      • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                      • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                        A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                        4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                        A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                        • What is required to be successful in the role?
                        • What certification or educational development is needed?
                        • What are the challenges of the role?
                        • Is there potential for career advancement?

                        A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                        Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                        5. Research Salary

                        Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                        It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                        6. Be Realistic

                        If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                        For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                        Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                        7. Volunteer First

                        A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                        Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                        Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                        8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                        I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                        • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                        • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                        • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                        • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                        Bottom Line

                        It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                        Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                        [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                        [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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