Alphabet, Amazon top LinkedIn's top companies list
A worker rides a bike on Google's campus in Mountain View, Calif., in 2014. Google's parent company Alphabet topped LinkedIn's 2017 list of top companies.
Construction continues on three large, glass-covered domes as part of an expansion of the Amazon.com campus in downtown Seattle. The tallest of the three interconnected spheres, called Amazon Spheres by the company, will be 90 feet high and 130 feet in diameter, and is planned to include a botanic garden of waterfalls and treehouse-like spaces overlooking tropical gardens. The structures are expected to begin being used by employees in early 2018.
Big companies like Alphabet, the study found, are rampant on the American list, where the average company listed about 66,000 employees. No. 2 Amazon had the largest workforce on the list with 341,000 people.
LinkedIn said companies on the list shared other similarities, such as closing the gender pay gap, honoring work-life balance, weathering bad press and not being afraid to take political positions.
Amazon's innovation set it apart, notes LinkedIn. The company that has changed the online retail market has now won three Academy Awards, successfully delivered a package using a drone and opened up a checkout-less grocery store.
There's good news for job seekers, LinkedIn said Amazon aims to hire 100,000 new full-time positions in the U.S. over the next year and a half. The company also offers six weeks of paid leave to spouses or partners of employees who don't receive parental leave at their job. Plus, Amazon's corporate headquarters is dog-friendly with an on-site dog park and free treats.
Google topped last year's list, followed by Salesforce and Facebook, Apple and Amazon. LinkedIn Editor-in-chief Daniel Roth said job seekers are paying attention to the actions companies take.
"The way companies conduct business and deal with long-term public turmoil impacts their reputation and, as a result, our members respond through their actions on LinkedIn," he said.
Rounding out the top 10 was a who's who of internet innovators, media and entertainment companies. The full list can be found here:
8. Time Warner
9. The Walt Disney Company
10. Comcast NBCUniversal
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