The best 14 technology companies to work for in the US
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo Credit: Geektime

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo Credit: Geektime

Spoiler alert: Facebook only got to third place. But who are the rest of the technology companies on the list of the 14 most desirable workplaces in the US, and how much do their employees make?

Most of us are humble folk. We barely ask anything of our workplace: to make excellent salary, enjoy a professional challenge, work in a calm place, and if possible, work for a prestigious and trendy company. But what is considered the best company to work for? Business Insider, in cooperation with Payscale, which deals with salary calculations and valuations in the American hi-tech scene, created a ranking of the best 14 technology companies to work for.

For this rating, the researchers analyzed all of the technology company in the Fortune 500 list, weighing the score according to six criteria: level of satisfaction,stress levels, the possibility to work from home, are the positions meaningful, the median salary for workers with over 5 years of experience in their field, and is the company paying its employees more or less than customary in the markets.

14. EMC
HQ: Massachusetts // Median salary for an experienced employee: $117K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 76%

13. Apple
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $127K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 70%

12. Texas Instruments
HQ: Texas // Median salary for an experienced employee: $101K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 73%

11. Salesforce
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $136K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 90%

10. AMD
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $102K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 73%

Intel HQ Source: Intel

Intel HQ Source: Intel

9. Intel
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $118K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 72%

8. eBay
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $125K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 78%

7. Expedia
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $115K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 71%

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Source: cc-by-Coolcaesar

6. Cisco
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $124K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 75%

5. NetApp
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $129K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 75%

4. Microsoft
HQ: Washington // Median salary for an experienced employee: $129K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 70%

3. Facebook
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $135K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 97%
The company has been ousted from the 1st place, which it had reached last year.

2. Symantec
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $119K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 74%

Google's California offices Source: Google

Google’s California offices Source: Google

1. Google
HQ: California // Median salary for an experienced employee: $140K annually // Employee satisfaction rate: 86%

The study writers said that Alphabet, who took the throne from Facebook, is “infamous” for spoiling its American workers with treats such as free gourmet food, massages at the office, free gym and classes, and many vacation days. The workers mentioned, among the rest, that in Google they enjoy the opportunity to work on interesting and creative projects. This year Google added 9,000 positions, compared to last year.

You can find the full list here, and here you can read a bit more about the methodology behind the research.

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