A founder of Women 2.0 explains how the start-up scene is evolving for women and offers networking advice for aspiring female founders.Silicon Valley may earn praise for its creativity and dynamism, but rarely is America's foremost start-up hub held up as a model of diversity. The world's engineers may flock to the area's start-ups, but when Shaherose Charania moved to the Valley to explore becoming an entrepreneur several years ago, she often found herself the only woman on product teams and at networking events. These days, she and a few friends are doing something about this gender imbalance with Women 2.0, an organizaton that supports female founders and runs a host of women-friendly networking events around the world.
Today, almost everyone looks at online reviews before trying something new. It’s an unquestionable part of how we make decisions on everything from where to eat to what to watch — even where to work.
Online reviews have impacted the world of work, giving both employers and employees alike a line of sight into what companies are doing right — and what they’re doing wrong. Now more than ever, candidates expect transparency and information when applying for a job, with 95% of workers saying insight into a company’s employer reputation would be important.
The power of online reviews and the tight labor market mean it’s crucial for employers to create positive employee experiences to attract candidates and retain employees. So which companies are going above and beyond when it comes to providing terrific employee experiences?
To identify The Top 50 Top-Rated Workplaces to work for in 2019, our data team looked at our 150 million employer ratings and reviews and analyzed those from companies also featured on this year’s Fortune 500 list.
Computer software giant Adobe leads The Top 50
Which company leads the pack? Our Top-Rated Workplace: The Top 50 is San Jose-based Adobe, the creativity and multimedia software giant. (To see the full Top 50, scroll to the bottom.)
Following Adobe, we see a few familiar names: social media giant Facebook and Southwest Airlines rank second and third, respectively, with Facebook placing in the top five for the third year running and Southwest Airlines placing in the top five for the fourth year in a row.
In addition to Southwest Airlines, we also see airlines Delta (#7) and JetBlue Airways (#15) on The Top 50 list for the fourth consecutive year. Delta was recently named the best U.S. airline by travel expert Fodor’s for its global reach and for being the most punctual of all of America’s major airlines. And low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways recently announced its longest route yet: a 6.5 hour flight from New York City to Guayaquil, Ecuador.
There’s a still greater diversity of sectors represented in the top 10. In addition to tech companies like Adobe, Facebook, Intuit (#5) and Microsoft (#9), we also see live entertainment company Live Nation (#4), warehouse club chain Costco Wholesale (#6 — and the winner of our Top-Rated Workplaces for Compensation and Benefits), ecommerce site eBay (#8) and pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson (#10).
We also see a few newcomers, such as Land O’ Lakes (#29), a member-owned agricultural co-op focused on the dairy industry and one of the largest producers of butter and cheese in the United States. Orlando-based restaurant operator Darden Restaurants (#44) is also on the list for the first time — the firm owns restaurant chains across North America, such as Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.
What do 2019’s Top-Rated Workplaces share?
So what do all these different companies have in common? One recurring theme this year among employee reviews seems to be the importance of an enjoyable work environment — whether that…