LinkedIn Unveils Second Annual Top Companies List

May 18, 2017

We just announced the second annual Top Companies list, spotlighting the companies most-sought after by LinkedIn’s 500M+ members based on billions of actions. The top companies on the list in the U.S. are Alphabet (#1), Amazon (#2), Facebook (#3), and Salesforce (#4).

The proof is in the pudding with the data, but what makes these companies so appealing to job seekers? The LinkedIn editorial team dug deep and found a few key trends.

The First Day Counts: Top Companies make day one a big deal...

The companies on the list want to make sure their new hires feel welcome from the get-go. For Square (#49), that means new employees meet CEO Jack Dorsey right off the bat and get to ask him any question they want. Workday (#15) provides a $50 gift card to its company swag store, Starbucks (#46) begins orientation with a coffee tasting (how appropriate!), and Airbnb’s (#11) day one “Check In” includes going on volunteer trips to a local nonprofit and participating in product trivia games.

They’re redefining what work-life balance means.

Many of these companies offer their employees time off beyond normal leave. Twitter (#17) doesn’t track vacation days, while Edelman (#48) offers an “Escape” program every year that provides a select group of employees with $1,500 and a week off to either “live a dream” or “give a dream.”

Jolly Good Fellow and Chief Storyteller: Employees have out-of-the-box job titles.

Following in the footsteps of Alphabet’s Jolly Good Fellow, many of the Top Companies are getting more inventive with their job titles to handle new company focuses. Booz Allen Hamilton (#37) has a Chief Storyteller. At Adobe (#24), you’ll find a People Scientist and Principal Artist-in-Residence. Leidos (#31) takes unique positions to a whole new level, though -- the company has a number of cool jobs ranging from Animal Caretaker to Robotics Vision Engineer and Cryptologic Language Analyst.

Discover open positions at these companies by searching for jobs on LinkedIn and learn more about what makes these companies so unique on our Top Companies list.

LinkedIn Top Companies List Methodology

The Top Companies list is a part of the LinkedIn List franchise, which celebrates companies and individuals making an impact in the professional world, and it spotlights the companies that attract and retain top talent globally. The list is fueled by a combination of exclusive LinkedIn data including reach, engagement, job interest, retention and an editorial lens. It’s based on the actions of job seekers and professionals with editorial oversight, highlighting the companies most sought-after today.

*While we are thrilled that many people want to work with us at LinkedIn, we have removed LinkedIn and Microsoft, from consideration for the LinkedIn Top Companies list as we do with all other lists in the editorial franchise.

For more on the methodology, check out LinkedIn Editor in Chief Dan Roth's article here.