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Online jobs and companies portal Glassdoor unveils its 2021 rankings of top places to work in five American and European countries

If you work for someone other than yourself, it might have been a long, strange year of working from home, Zoom calls, and a smattering of in-person meetings. In a year as unsettling as 2020, working for the right company can make all the difference in the world. This morning, Glassdoor, one of the largest online portals for jobs, corporations, and employee feedback, unveiled its data-, reviews-, and survey-powered Employees Choice Awards, featuring the best companies to work for in five countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. 

"Covid-19 is in the driver's seat and every employer has been impacted," said Glassdoor CEO Christian Sutherland-Wong. "This year's winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they'll rise to the challenge to support their people. A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners. This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritized the health, safety and well-being of their employees."

Taking jobs, work environment, and employer into consideration, here are the top-ten rankings by country.

The best companies to work for in the United States

  1. Bain & Company
  2. NVIDIA
  3. In-N-Out Burger
  4. HubSpot
  5. McKinsey & Company
  6. Google
  7. Delta Air Lines
  8. Lululemon
  9. Microsoft
  10. H E B

The best companies to work for in Canada

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. TC Energy
  4. Apple
  5. Belairdirect
  6. Sage
  7. Lululemon
  8. SAP
  9. Manpower
  10. Salesforce

The best companies to work for in the UK

  1. Salesforce
  2. Microsoft
  3. Abcam
  4. Google
  5. Softcat
  6. GTB
  7. Apple
  8. Bella Italia
  9. SAP
  10. Facebook

The best companies to work for in France

  1. Salesforce
  2. Michelin
  3. SAP
  4. Murex
  5. Orange
  6. Decathlon
  7. Sage
  8. Microsoft
  9. Airbus
  10. L'Oreal

The best companies to work for in Germany

  1. Roche
  2. Google
  3. Puma
  4. MHP - A Porsche Company
  5. Siemens Healthineers
  6. Volkswagen
  7. SAP
  8. Capgemini
  9. Porsche
  10. BMW

One company name that reappears over and over again on top employer lists in different markets is Salesforce. What's the secret to its success in 2021?

"We’ve had to rethink everything—from our products to our policies to philanthropy," said Salesforce Chief People Officer Brent Hyder in an interview with Glassdoor. "We’ve prioritized employee health and wellbeing, guided our customers through crisis, and donated more than US$30 million to fight the virus and its effects on our communities.

"Our entire company pivoted to create a new technology solution, called Work.com, to help the public and private sector respond to the pandemic–whether it be schools that want to return students safely to campus or healthcare organizations managing vaccine distribution.

"And in order to better understand the needs of our global workforce—many of whom faced extreme adversity in 2020—we introduced new wellbeing surveys, which have helped us make data-driven decisions to better support our workforce in this new environment. The findings of these surveys have led to real change such as additional leave for parents, new time off opportunities, resources for employees to get their home offices set up and more.

"This year was about living our values, and finding new ways to support our employees, customers and communities in the face of unprecedented economic and social disruption."