Alphabet Is Tops on the 2019 LinkedIn Top Companies List

Google’s parent reclaimed its throne from 2018 leader Amazon

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Google parent Alphabet reclaimed the top spot on the list of 2019 LinkedIn Top Companies from 2018 leader Amazon.

Alphabet placed No. 1 in 2017.

Facebook moved up a spot to No. 2, with Amazon settling into third place.

LinkedIn said that while technology companies continued to dominate the top 50, the financial services sector carved out a niche, with Bank of America placing at No. 18, Citi at No. 22 and Wells Fargo at No. 25.

Advertising agencies also made a dent, with first-time representatives Interpublic Group (No. 31), Publicis Groupe (No. 34) and WPP (No. 40).

On the flip side, Tesla failed to make the top 10 for the first time in its four-year history, coming in at No. 16.

LinkedIn said it compiles its annual list based on the billions of actions taken by its over 610 million members, analyzing those actions for reach, engagement, job interest and retention. LinkedIn itself and parent company Microsoft are not eligible for the Top Companies list.

The top 10 on the 2019 LinkedIn Top Companies list—along with blurbs provided by the professional network—are:

  1. Alphabet, which is spending $13 billion to expand into 14 new states in 2019, with plans for tens of thousands of new hires.
  2. Facebook, which boasts 100 percent pay equity for female employees worldwide.
  3. Amazon, which raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour last November and extended its 401(k) contributions to part-time and seasonal workers.
  4. Salesforce, which offers opportunities to workers without college degrees.
  5. Deloitte, which encourages its employees to pitch “big, ambitious ideas” in its Startup Deloitte program.
  6. Uber, which encouraged over 3,000 employees to transfer to different roles within the company last year.
  7. Apple, which revealed plans to create 20,000 new jobs over the next five years.
  8. Airbnb, which encourages its employees to “get out of the office and into the world” with $500 in travel credits every quarter.
  9. Oracle, which offers opportunities outside of Silicon Valley, with 90 percent of its employees based in locations other than its headquarters in San Francisco.
  10. Dell Technologies, which says its flexible workplace policy collectively saves U.S. employees 136 million miles of travel annually.

LinkedIn editor in chief Daniel Roth wrote, “More than half a billion professionals around the world rely on LinkedIn to navigate their careers and stay informed. Companies takes all of those actions and surfaces the companies where people most want to work—and where they stay once hired. The competition for top talent has never been hotter; now in its fourth year, Top Companies has become the definitive list of who is attracting the right people and how they’re doing it.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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