Google tops list of best companies to work for, again

Google's famous perks include free onsite laundry, haircuts and bike repair services.

Google’s famous perks include free onsite laundry, haircuts and bike repair services.

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Fortune on Thursday released its annual survey of the 100 best companies to work for in the U.S., and Google (now known as Alphabet Inc.) topped the list for the seventh time.




March 3, 1:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Activision Blizzard was the world’s fifth-largest video gaming company. It is the largest among publicly traded video game makers.


Riot Games in West Los Angeles (39th), Activision Blizzard in Santa Monica (77th), First American in Santa Ana (94th) and Cheesecake Factory headquartered in Calabasas Hills (98th) were the only companies in the L.A. area to make the list.

All told, California was represented by 20 companies, including Genentech (11th), a biotechnology and pharmaceutical firm in South San Francisco, and Nugget Market (13th), a grocery chain based in Woodland.

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Two-thirds of the results were determined by random surveys distributed to employees of participating companies. Respondents are asked about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction and camaraderie.

The other third is based on pay, benefits, hiring practices, training and diversity.

Google was lauded for its famously generous perks, which include healthcare for part-timers, on-site childcare and paid time off for volunteer work.


“The perks are phenomenal,” an employee told Fortune. “From three prepared organic meals a day to unlimited snacks, artisan coffee and tea to free personal fitness classes, health clinics, on-site oil changes, haircuts, spa truck, bike-repair truck, nap pods, free on-site laundry rooms and subsidized wash and fold. The list is endless.”

Riot Games ranked 13th on last year’s list. Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest publicly traded video gaming company by revenue, improved from its 96th-place ranking in 2015. The company, which is currently hiring new staff, is expanding into the movie and TV business this year.

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