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LinkedIn's Top 50 Companies and the Skills Needed to Work There

LinkedIn's Top 50 Companies and the Skills Needed to Work There
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Top internet companies head this year's LinkedIn list of the places employees most want to work at, new research finds.

Of this year's 50 companies U.S. professionals want to work for most, the top five are well-known internet companies. Topping this year's list are Google parent company Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce and Uber.

While Google is well known for its fun-loving culture, the researchers said that's not what makes the company so attractive to today's workers.

"What does? The opportunity and resources employees are given to tackle massive problems, stretching from creating self-driving cars to impeding extremism," Daniel Roth, LinkedIn's editor-in-chief, wrote on the company's blog.

Internet companies, however, aren't the only places today's employees want to work. The 50 companies on this year's LinkedIn list span 21 industries and employ some 3.3 million workers across the U.S. [Just getting your career started? Here the most popular jobs for new grads]

LinkedIn developed its list based on actions taken among its more than 500 million members over the past year. Researchers looked at the following:

  • The rate at which people view and apply to a company's job postings on LinkedIn
  • How many non-employees were viewing and asking to connect with a company's employees
  • How many professionals were viewing a company's career page
  • The reach and engagement of a company's content
  • How the company's follows are performing
  • If employees are sticking around for at least a year

Based on the data, these are the top 50 companies employees want to work for most:

  1. Alphabet
  2. Amazon
  3. Facebook
  4. Salesforce
  5. Uber
  6. Tesla
  7. Apple
  8. Time Warner
  9. The Walt Disney Company
  10. Comcast NBCUniversal
  11. Airbnb
  12. Netflix
  13. McKinsey & Company
  14. Dell Technologies
  15. Workday
  16. Under Armour
  17. Twitter
  18. CBRE
  19. Visa
  20. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  21. JLL
  22. BlackRock
  23. Stryker
  24. Adobe
  25. Capital One
  26. Oracle
  27. Allergan
  28. Cisco
  29. Verizon
  30. Tableau Software
  31. Leidos
  32. Fitbit
  33. Morgan Stanley
  34. The Coca-Cola Company
  35. Yelp
  36. Deloitte
  37. Booz Allen Hamilton
  38. Lyft
  39. Splunk
  40. Pandora
  41. WeWork
  42. Dropbox
  43. Gartner
  44. KPMG US
  45. UnitedHealth Group
  46. Starbucks
  47. Box
  48. Edelman
  49. Square
  50. Nordstrom

The study's authors found several commonalities among this year's top companies, including that they make each employee's first day a big deal.

"The companies on the list want to make sure their new hires feel welcome from the get-go," Roth wrote.

Some of the examples they found are that new Square employees meet CEO Jack Dorsey when they start and have the opportunity to ask him questions, while Workday provides new hires with a $50 gift card to its company swag store.

The companies on this year's list also focus on work-life balance. The researchers said many of these employers offer employees time off beyond normal leave. This includes Twitter, which doesn't track vacation days, and Edelman, which offers an "Escape" program where a select group of employees are given $1,500 and a week off to either "live a dream" or "give a dream."

These employers also have fun with job titles. Alphabet has a "jolly good fellow," Booz Allen Hamilton has a "chief storyteller," and Adobe has a "people scientist" and "principal artist-in-residence."

Many of these companies are looking for employees with certain skill sets.  

"While the ability to lead, collaborate and communicate are still critical to landing a job, it's having experience in the latest technical skills that will get hiring managers at the top companies clamoring for your attention," Maya Pope-Chappell, a senior news editor at LinkedIn, wrote on the company's blog.

The researchers found that these are the most sought-after skills by industry among this year's 50 top companies:


  • Web programming
  • Java development
  • Cloud and distributed computing

Financial services and insurance

  • Software engineering management
  • Web programming
  • Java development

Health and pharmaceutical

  • Health care management
  • Project management
  • Sales

Retail and consumer products

  • Social media marketing
  • Web programming
  • Software engineering management

Manufacturing and industrial

  • Project management
  • Business development and relationship manager
  • Engineering

Government, education and nonprofit

  • Process and project management
  • Web programming
  • Java development

Media and entertainment

  • Web programming
  • Software engineering management
  • Java development

Oil and energy

  • Project management
  • Software engineering management
  • Engineering

Professional services

  • Social media marketing
  • Web programming
  • Statistical analysis and data mining


  • Project management
  • IT infrastructure and system management
  • C/C++


  • C/C++
  • Software engineering management
  • Java development

The skills data was based on LinkedIn messages recruiters sent between April 2015 and April 2017, targeting prospective hires across all functions for the top 50 companies in the U.S.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.