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The year ahead: Best companies to work for in 2014

Last updated on: December 20, 2013 14:54 IST

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There are many companies in the world, but not all companies receive rave reviews from the people who matter - the employees.

Let's take a look at some of the companies rated best by their workers.

Source: glassdoor.com

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Bain & Company

Industry: Management consulting

Founded: 1973

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Employees: 6,000

Overall rank: 1

Bain & Company, which provides advisory services to some of the largest organisations in the world, has 50 offices in 32 countries.

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Twitter

Industry: Internet

Founded: 2006

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Employees: 2,000

Overall rank: 2

Twitter, an online social networking and microblogging service, is one of the 10 most-visited websites.

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Image: Twitter employee Amber Costa works on a computer at the headquarters in San Francisco, California.
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Linkedin

Industry: Internet

Founded: 2003

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Employees: 5,000

Overall rank: 3

Linkedin, a social networking website for professionals, has more than 260 million users in over 200 countries.

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Image: Founder of Linkedin Reid Garrett Hoffman, centre, applauds with CEO Jeffrey Weiner, right, from the bell balcony at the New York Stock Exchange.
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Eastman Chemical

Industry: Manufacturing

Founded: 1920

Headquarters: Kingsport, Tennessee

Employees: 15,000

Overall rank: 4

Eastman Chemical, which manufactures and sells chemicals, fibres, and plastics, has 44 plants around the world.

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Image: Eastman Chemical site manager and chemical engineer Cari Parker in front of tanks of plasticizer product at the plant in Texas City, Texas.
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Facebook

Industry: Internet

Founded: 2004

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Employees: 6,000

Overall rank: 5

Facebook, an online social networking service, has more than 1 billion active users.

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Image: Employees dine near a fire at an outdoor cafe at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
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Guidewire

Industry: Computer Software and hardware

Founded: 2001

Headquarters: Foster City, California

Employees: 1,000

Overall rank: 6

Guidewire, which provides core back-end software for property and casualty insurance carriers, has three main software products: ClaimCenter, PolicyCenter, and BillingCenter.

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Interactive Intelligence

Industry: Technology

Founded: 1994

Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana

Employees: 1,500

Overall rank: 7

Interactive Intelligence, a software company that provided business communications solutions for call centres, enterprise IP telephony, and business process automation, has strategic partnerships with major companies, such as HP, IBM and Microsoft.

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Google

Industry: Internet and computer software

Founded: 1998

Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Employees: 47,000

Overall rank: 8

Google, which specialises in search, cloud computing and software, runs more than one million servers in data centres around the world.

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Orbitz Worldwide

Industry: Travel services

Founded: 2001

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

Employees: 2,000

Overall rank: 9

Orbitz Worldwide, which operates a website to research, plan and book travel, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Nestle Purina PetCare

Industry: Pet food

Founded: 1894

Headquarters: St Louis, Missouri

Employees: 7,000

Overall rank: 10

Nestle Purina PetCare, a pet food division of Swiss-based Nestle, also annually honours animals for their exemplary work in Canada.

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Image: John Casey from Cincinnati, Ohio, and his five-year-old border collie Australian mix, Hyper Hannah, practise for the flying disk competition in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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John Deere

Industry: Heavy equipment

Founded: 1837

Headquarters: Moline, Illinois

Employees: 57,000

Overall rank: 11

John Deere, which is one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the world, has operations around the globe.

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Edelman

Industry: Public relations

Founded: 1952

Headquarters: New York City

Employees: 5,000

Overall rank: 12

Edelman, which is one of the largest independently owned public relations firm in the world, has revenues of more than $600 million annually.

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Qualcomm

Industry: Telecommunications equipment and semiconductors

Founded: 1985

Headquarters: San Diego, California

Employees: 26,000

Overall rank: 13

Qualcomm, which designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless telecommunications products and services, has operations in 157 locations around the world.

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Chevron

Industry: Oil and gas

Founded: 1984

Headquarters: San Ramon, California

Employees: 62,000

Overall rank: 14

Chevron, an energy company that is engaged in every aspect of oil, gas, and geothermal energy, operates in more than 180 countries.

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Slalom Consulting

Industry: Professional services

Founded: 2001

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Employees: 2,000

Overall rank: 15

Slalom Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm, is based in Seattle.

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Costco

Industry: Retail

Founded: 1983

Headquarters: Issaquah, Washington

Employees: 175,000

Overall rank: 16

Costco, which is the seventh-largest retailer in the world, operates in 632 locations around the world.

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Image: A shopper loads cartons of wine onto her cart at the Costco Warehouse in Arlington, Virginia.
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Riverbed Technology

Industry: Networking hardware

Founded: 2002

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Employees: 1,500

Overall rank: 17

Riverbed Technology, which specialises in improving the performance of networks and networked applications, focuses on products that solve network bandwidth and performance problems.

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SolarCity

Industry: Energy

Founded: 2006

Headquarters: San Mateo, California

Employees: 2,500

Overall rank: 18

SolarCity, which designs, finances and installs solar energy systems, is the second-biggest solar installation company in the US.

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Intuit

Industry: Computer software

Founded: 1983

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California

Employees: 8,200

Overall rank: 19

Intuit, which develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for companies, has offices around the world, including India.

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Gartner

Industry: Research

Founded: 1979

Headquarters: Stamford, Connecticut

Employees: 5,300

Overall rank: 20

Gartner, which is an information technology research and advisory company, targets research at senior IT leaders in both government and private sector.


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