Top Companies 2021: The 50 best workplaces to grow your career in the U.S.
The world of work is transforming. Not only have we worked through a once-in-a-generation global pandemic, but decades of automation, the rise of artificial intelligence and a new shift to remote work have all reshaped what our professional lives look like — and what we’re expecting from our employers.
Today, we are launching our 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies list, our fifth-annual ranking of the 50 best workplaces to grow your career. After taking a hiatus from the list in 2020 as we all figured out the new world of work, we’re also debuting our new methodology, which uses unique LinkedIn data to go beyond the companies that attract talent to uncover the companies that invest in their talent. These 50 companies help employees build a professional foundation that sets them up for success both at the company and beyond.
The new methodology has seven key pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and educational background. You can dig into the details and learn more about how we built the methodology here. (Note that we remove Microsoft, LinkedIn’s parent, from the list.)
We hope that the Top Companies list will serve as a go-to resource for professionals at every stage, from those who are looking to get back on their feet after an unprecedented year to those who are ready to make the next step in their career journey. At each company, you can see which roles and skills are in demand — as well as explore open jobs and see people you may know. See a company that feels like a good fit for you? Follow their company page and/or turn on job alerts to ensure you don’t miss out on future opportunities.
Company insights, including top locations, fastest-growing skills and in-demand jobs, are sourced from LinkedIn Talent Insights and reflect only employees on LinkedIn for the parent company and its subsidiaries. In-demand jobs represent the occupations with the highest year-over-year growth in 2020. Headcounts are provided by the companies directly or public filings. The insights reflect a 12-month time period looking back from January 2021.
Full-time headcount: 1,298,000 | Top U.S. locations: Seattle, NYC, San Francisco Bay Area | Fastest-growing skills: User Experience Design (UED), Digital Illustration, Interaction Design | In-demand jobs: Health And Safety Specialist, Station Operations Manager, Learning Manager | What you should know: Amazon’s retail business boomed in the pandemic, spurring the company to hire about 400,000 people in the U.S. last year. Amazon has built an innovative remote-onboarding system, and it has more than 30,000 openings now. The company also encourages internal mobility: The head of global retail, Dave Clark, started as an operations manager at a Kentucky fulfillment center.
Full-time headcount: 135,300 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, Seattle | Fastest-growing common skills: GitHub, Data Structures, React.js | In-demand jobs: Digital Specialist, Field Sales Specialist, Business Systems Analyst | What you should know: The pandemic kept many people and businesses at home — and they turned to Alphabet, the parent company of Google, YouTube and more, to help. Businesses adopted Google’s Cloud service at a rapid clip; the No. 3 cloud provider saw its revenues grow 47% year over year to over $13 billion. And YouTube continued to draw eyeballs that once went to TV and creators who wanted to strike out on their own. The company is looking to grow even more this year, adding at least 10,000 new full-time jobs in the U.S. and investing $7 billion in offices and data centers across 19 different states.
Full-time headcount: 255,300 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Columbus, Chicago | Fastest-growing common skills: Asset Allocation, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) | In-demand jobs: Market Specialist, Software Engineering Specialist, Mortgage Underwriter | What you should know: The pandemic was good to Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase posted record revenue of $123 billion for 2020, as volatile markets allowed the nation’s largest bank to ramp up trading activity and its advisory role to IPOs and other deals. CEO Jamie Dimon is also focusing on how the company supports what he calls its “greatest strength”: Its employees. JPMorgan now offers 300 accredited skills and education programs to its workers, and the bank has been boosting wages for thousands of customer-facing roles to $16-$20 an hour.
Hilti North America provides tools and software for the construction industry. The company employees about 30,000 people in more than 120 countries, and “great culture” is mentioned in 77 Glassdoor reviews.
Autodesk makes software used in engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment. Andrew Anagnost is mentioned frequently in employee reviews, with 94% of workers saying they approve of their CEO.
Bank of America named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work®
“We continue to drive Responsible Growth. That includes investing heavily in being a great place to work for our teammates, who serve our clients and communities every day,” said Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan. “The ongoing recognition we receive, including this latest distinction by Fortune, reflects the many ways we invest in, and support, our teammates around the world and the continued positive feedback our teammates provide on our workplace and culture.”
Bank of America was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2021 by Fortune magazine, and global research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year. The company was ranked no. 22, up from no. 77 in 2020.
Bank of America was also named the only financial services firm on the “Best Big Companies to Work For” list for the third consecutive year. Inclusion in these lists followed anonymous evaluation by thousands of employees on workplace culture, including how trustworthy, caring, and fair the company is in times of crises; employees’ physical, emotional, and financial health; and the company’s broader community impact. Particular attention was paid to how employees’ experiences varied depending on their job role, gender, race/ethnicity, payroll status, and other characteristics to ensure that the company is creating a great workplace for all.
“In a time period unlike any we have seen before, we’ve enabled our teammates to be their best both at work and at home through new and enhanced benefits, programs and resources, in addition to the actions we take each year to make Bank of America a great place to work for all our teammates. Put simply, we will always invest in our teammates as it is the right thing to do,” said Sheri Bronstein, chief human resources officer at Bank of America.
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