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December 16, 2009 08:00 ET

Glassdoor.com Unveils Employees' Choice Award for Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2010

Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Slalom Consulting Top List, According to Their Employees in Second Annual Award

SAUSALITO, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Glassdoor.com, a career and workplace community that brings greater transparency to company cultures, compensation and the interview process, today released the second annual Employees' Choice Awards, listing the top 50 "Best Places to Work," according to surveys collected from U.S.-based employees in 2009(1). The top five Best Places to Work based on employee feedback include: Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Slalom Consulting, Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company. General Mills and Bain & Company have secured positions in the top five for the second year in a row, while Southwest Airlines and Slalom Consulting are new entrants to the list.

"The Glassdoor Best Places to Work Awards recognizes those companies that have kept employees engaged and motivated in the past year despite the turbulence many endured during the historic financial storm," said Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor.com. "In this market, information is critical and we're delighted to recognize employers that stand out among their own employees. The data we collect from employees on Glassdoor provides an important inside look at companies. This has significant implications not only for jobseekers and employees, but also investors and potential customers."

Unlike many workplace-related awards that require companies to self nominate, Glassdoor relies solely on the input from employees throughout the year. The ranking of the top 50 list is determined by each company's overall rating on Glassdoor, which is the cumulative average rating from employees who elected to participate in a 20-question survey(2) during the past 12 months. The survey addresses key workplace factors, including work/life balance, career opportunities, communication, compensation and benefits, employee morale, recognition and feedback, senior leadership, as well as fairness and respect.

At the top spot, Southwest Airlines is rated 4.7 on a 5-point scale(3) and CEO Gary Kelly holds a 94% approval rating. Although General Mills, winner of the 2009 Best Places to Work Awards, slipped to second place, the company has a 4.5 rating and CEO Ken Powell has a 97% approval, the highest of any CEO on the 2010 Best Places to Work list.

"I'm honored to hear such positive feedback from the employees who rated General Mills on Glassdoor.com," said Ken Powell, chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills. "At General Mills, we realize that the distinction of being a 'Best Place to Work' is truly defined by our employees and by their decision to work with us. General Mills devotes significant attention to shaping the culture as performance-driven, where people work hard to achieve goals and are excited by the challenges of their jobs. Yet at the same time, we provide a workplace that is supportive and does not require employees to lose sight of family and community. This commitment helps us recruit and retain the best talent."

Approximately two-thirds of the 2010 Best Places to Work list are also on the 2009 list, although some have moved notably up or down. For example, the most improved award goes to FedEx, which employees rated an average of 3.8 this year, up from 3.5 for the 2009 list. This pushed FedEx from 49 last year to 21 on this year's list. The most notable to slip in the ranks is Whole Foods, which came in at 48 this year, down from sixth last year. Despite the tough economic and employment climate in the past year, approximately one-third of companies on the 2009 list have higher ratings this year than last.

Companies new to the list also include Kraft Foods (Rank: 12), Medtronic (Rank: 18), Publix (Rank: 19), Edelman (Rank: 23), Edward Jones (Rank: 24), Sherwin-Williams (Rank: 32), EMC (Rank: 33) and GlaxoSmithKline (Rank: 34).

The complete list of the Glassdoor 2010 Top 50 Best Places to Work is below, along with corresponding CEO approval rating and 2009 rank where applicable:

Glassdoor.com Report: Employees' Choice Award for Top 50 Best Places
 to Work in 2010

  2010         Company          Company         CEO           CEO     2009
  Rank                          Rating                      Rating    Rank
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   1      Southwest Airlines      4.7     Gary C. Kelly       94%      --
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   2      General Mills           4.5     Ken Powell          97%       1
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   3      Slalom Consulting       4.3     Tony Rojas          81%      --
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   4      Bain & Company          4.3     Steve Ellis         87%       2
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   5      McKinsey & Company      4.1     Dominic Barton      80%      12
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   6      MITRE                   4.1     Alfred Grasso       70%      24
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   7      Boston Consulting       4.0     Hans-Paul Burkner   78%      14
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   8      Continental Airlines    4.0     Larry Kellner       81%       9
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   9      Procter & Gamble        4.0     A.G. Lafley         88%      15
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  10      Juniper Networks        3.9     Kevin Johnson       65%      20
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  11      Northwestern Mutual     3.9     Edward J. Zore      89%       5
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                                          Irene B.
  12      Kraft Foods             3.9      Rosenfeld          82%      --
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  13      National Instruments    3.9     James J. Truchard   85%      31
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  14      Google                  3.9     Eric E. Schmidt     87%       7
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  15      NetApp                  3.9     Dan Warmenhoven     78%      10
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                                          Lloyd C.
  16      Goldman Sachs           3.9      Blankfein          89%      26
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  17      FactSet                 3.9     Philip A. Hadley    80%      13
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  18      Medtronic               3.9     Bill Hawkins III    58%      --
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  19      Publix                  3.8     Ed Crenshaw         64%      --
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  20      Chevron                 3.8     Dave O'Reilly       89%      25
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  21      FedEx                   3.8     Fred Smith          78%      49
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  22      Apple                   3.8     Steve Jobs          91%      19
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                                          Richard W.
  23      Edelman                 3.8      Edelman            81%      --
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  24      Edward Jones            3.7     Jim Weddle          80%      --
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  25      QUALCOMM                3.7     Paul E. Jacobs      65%      39
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  26      CareerBuilder           3.7     Matt Ferguson       78%      18
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  27      Novell                  3.7     Ron Hovsepian       59%      32
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  28      Schlumberger            3.7     Andrew Gould        75%      29
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  29      Adobe                   3.7     Shantanu Narayen    60%       4
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  30      Booz Allen Hamilton     3.7     Ralph W. Shrader    66%      30
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  31      Scottrade               3.7     Rodger O. Riney     76%      37
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                                          Christopher M.
  32      Sherwin-Williams        3.7      Connor             67%      --
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  33      EMC                     3.7     Joe Tucci           64%      --
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  34      GlaxoSmithKline         3.7     Andrew Witty        59%      --
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  35      Caterpillar             3.7     Jim Owens           70%      16
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  36      Turner Broadcasting     3.6     Phil Kent           75%      --
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  37      Paychex                 3.6     Jon Judge           67%      50
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                                          George C.
  38      Kaiser Permanente       3.6      Halvorson          61%      --
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  39      Travelers Companies     3.6     Jay S. Fishman      64%      --
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  40      Rackspace               3.6     A. Lanham Napier    67%      --
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  41      Intel Corporation       3.6     Paul S. Otellini    72%      --
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  42      Cintas                  3.6     Scott D. Farmer     63%      --
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  43      SAP America             3.6     Bill McDermott      65%      --
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  44      Intuit                  3.6     Brad D. Smith       62%      11
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  45      Best Buy                3.6     Brad Anderson       64%      46
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  46      Harris                  3.6     Howard L. Lance     60%      --
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                                          John R.
  47      Prudential              3.5      Strangfeld Jr.     64%      --
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  48      Whole Foods             3.5     John P. Mackey      58%       6
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  49      PricewaterhouseCoopers  3.5     Sam DiPiazza Jr.    53%      33
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  50      Marriott                3.5     Bill Marriott Jr.   74%      21
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For more information about the awards and sample reviews from top companies, visit the Glassdoor.com Employees' Choice Award Web page: http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm. A complete copy of the Glassdoor survey along with additional information about the Best Places to Work methodology may be requested via email: BestPlacestoWork@glassdoor.com. To receive regular updates about new and interesting data and reports, visit the Glassdoor blog (http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/) and follow the company on Twitter @Glassdoordotcom.

About Glassdoor.com

Glassdoor.com is a career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time company reviews and ratings, salary details about specific jobs, or interview questions and reviews for specific employers -- for free. Designed to deliver greater transparency around our work life, Glassdoor enables employees, job seekers, employers and recruiters to simultaneously see -- for the first time -- unedited employee and job candidate opinions about a company's work environment along with details of pay, benefits and CEO approval ratings. Glassdoor was founded in 2007 and launched its public beta in June 2008. Glassdoor is headquartered in Sausalito, Calif. and was founded by Richard Barton, Robert Hohman and Tim Besse. To date, Glassdoor has raised $9.5 million from its founders, Benchmark Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures.

(1) To be eligible for the second annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work companies must have: received at least 25 reviews from U.S.-based employees between December 1, 2008 and December 1, 2009; maintain a 'satisfied' or above cumulative average overall and across eight workplace factors addressed in the company's voluntary 20-question survey; and, the company's CEO must have an approval rating higher than 50%.

(2) Glassdoor carefully reviews each ratings survey, company review and salary report submitted through its Web site and only those surveys and reports that are approved by the Glassdoor research team are eligible for the list.

(3) The overall rating on Glassdoor.com is based on a 5-point scale with 5 being "extremely satisfied" and 1 being "extremely dissatisfied."