Face­book named best com­pany to work for in U.S.

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NEW YORK Face­book Inc. — de­spite suf­fer­ing through what could be char­i­ta­bly de­scribed as a tur­bu­lent year — was ranked as best place to work in 2018, ac­cord­ing to In­deed.

The ca­reer web­site com­piled its an­nual list of the 50 top-rated work­places, based on 72 mil­lion em­ployer ratings and re­views of For­tune 500 com­pa­nies. The so­cial me­dia plat­form was fourth on last year’s list.

“Clearly, Face­book’s em­ploy­ees over the last two years be­lieve that there’s been trans­parency in­ter­nally, from the top down,” said Paul Wolfe, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent at In­deed. “The com­pany is also fo­cused on perks and ben­e­fits, which brings it to the top of the list.”

Al­though Face­book is re­port­edly revered by em­ploy­ees for a sense of in­ter­nal cor­po­rate trans­parency, the com­pany has spent the last year ward­ing off crit­i­cism from politi­cians and the me­dia for a lack of trans­parency sur­round­ing al­go­rith­mic news rankings, con­tent poli­cies and data breaches.

The is­sue has brought Face­book con­gres­sional hear­ings and an FBI probe. “While it might ap­pear that the chal­lenges the com­pany has re­cently faced might de­ter peo­ple, the em­ploy­ees we at­tract are the type of peo­ple that tend to be ex­cited and en­gaged in those big, com­pli­cated prob­lems and would like to solve them,” An­thony Har­ri­son, a Face­book spokesper­son, said in an in­ter­view.

Tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies and air­lines dom­i­nated the high­est-rated work­places. South­west Air­lines Co. and Sales­force.com Inc. fol­lowed in sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively. Delta Air Lines Inc., JetBlue Air­ways Corp. and Ap­ple Inc. also ranked among the top 10.

“Com­pa­nies that have a pro­gres­sive cul­ture, fo­cus on the em­ployee ex­pe­ri­ence and make sure their em­ploy­ees are en­gaged tend to make the top 10,” Wolfe said.

Al­though un­em­ploy­ment rates have fluc­tu­ated around the low­est per cent in 18 years, more than half of em­ployed Amer­i­cans are look­ing to leave their cur­rent jobs, ac­cord­ing to a Gallup sur­vey re­leased this month.

Menlo Park, Calif.-based Face­book, how­ever, doesn’t ap­pear con­cerned about los­ing work­ers. It has con­ducted in­ter­nal sur­veys and found that most in­tend to stay at the com­pany, Har­ri­son said.

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