It probably won't require any dexterous tricks of imagination to believe this statement: Facebook has been named the best tech company to work for in 2012, according to Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards. As if that glimpse into the Facebook offices at the end of The Social Network wasn't enough to cause everybody to instantly salivate with office envy, it turns out that employees at Facebook have a pretty high level of job satisfaction, too.
According to glassdoor.com's list of the 50 Best Places to Work for 2012, the feedback from employees at Facebook gave the company a rating of 4.3 out of 5, with 4.01-5.0 meaning "Very Satisfied." This ranking was high enough to place Facebook as the third ranked company overall but it is slightly lower than the 4.6 ranking the social media colossus received in 2011 when it was the #1 overall ranked company.
Edging out Facebook for the top two spots were Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company - two consulting firms that couldn't sound more Wall Street even if you renamed them Gordon Gekko 1 and Gordon Gekko 2.
Glassdoor compiled a highlight video the top companies in order to fill your heart with greed and work-lust. Enjoy and covet much:
Seriously, did you see that dude skateboarding down the hallway at work during that Facebook segment? Skateboarding! At work! It's like a Silicon Valley Level 5 Shangri-La. Unreal. Way to rub it in, Facebook. I can only imagine that the coolness factor will soon be a bi-coastal phenomenon now that Facebook is opening up an office in New York City. Get those applications in quick, kiddos.
Not to be completely forgotten, Google and Apple also placed in the top ten overall companies to work for in 2012 at #5 and #10, respectively. After what I've read and seen of the Googleplex, I'm a little surprised that they're not a little higher. That place makes Disney World look like a snooze-fest.
Glassdoor included more than 65,000 companies for the 2012 awards. The full report card from Glassdoor can be viewed on their website, but if you're like me and curious about what the worst companies are to work for in 2012, you'll be disappointed that no such information is available in this report.