The List of Best Places to Work Is A Solid Watch-List for Shareholders

The List of Best Places to Work Is A Solid Watch-List for Shareholders

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The holiday office parties are underway. Co-workers will most likely drink a bit too much and inappropriateness will soon follow. The extravagance of the celebration is not a handy measure to gauge company performance, but the mood of the crowd might..  Because when it comes to sustainable and responsible investing (SRI), workplace culture is a key metric for socially-conscious and savvy investors.

Clearly, if employees are happy this leads to happy bosses, which leads to happy executives, which often leads to happy shareholders.

The List

Now in its fifth year, Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards are determined by a company’s ranking by current and former employees on the network. Almost 500,000 company reviews and ratings from employees have been submitted to the site over the past year, and this year 20 tech companies have made it to the top 50.  Below is a list of top 10 publicly traded best places to work.

Glassdoor’s Top 10 Publicly Traded Companies-Best Places to Work:

1. Facebook (FB)
2. Riverbed Technology (RVBD)
3. Google (GOOG)
4. National Instruments (NATI)
5. Southwest Airlines (LUV)
6. Chevron (CVX)
7. LinkedIn (LNKD)
8. Rackspace (RAX)
9. Gartner, Inc (IT)
10. Akamai, Inc. (AKAM)

The Compar-O-Matic chart below shows up the 1 year return for these same companies. The List Average 1-Year Return is an attractive 24%. 

 

Though not included in this list, Amazon (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY) were named the most improved tech companies, having each increased their ratings by 0.6 this year. Microsoft (MSFT) also earned a special mention, thanks to CEO Steve Ballmer’s increasing approval rating. Check out their stellar yearly performances:

 

Below is a List Snapshot of these ten companies. Use this list and the accompanying links as a starting point for your own analysis.

 

1. Facebook (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $59.75B, most recent closing price at $27.58.

 

 

2. Riverbed Technology (RVBD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides solutions to the fundamental problems associated with information technology (IT) performance across wide area networks (WANs) in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $2.77B, most recent closing price at $17.98.

 

3. Google (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Google is the world’s most popular search engine. Market cap at $229.21B, most recent closing price at $697.56.

 

 

4. National Instruments (NATI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Manufactures and supplies measurement and automation products. Market cap at $3.07B, most recent closing price at $25.03.

 

5. Southwest Airlines (LUV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. Market cap at $7.39B, most recent closing price at $10.02.

 

6. Chevron (CVX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. Market cap at $211.53B, most recent closing price at $108.08.

 

7. LinkedIn (LNKD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates an online professional network. Market cap at $12.1B, most recent closing price at $112.64.

 

 

8. Rackspace (RAX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates in the hosting and cloud computing industry. Market cap at $9.29B, most recent closing price at $67.85.

 

 

9. Gartner, Inc (IT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides independent and objective research and analysis on information technology (IT), computer hardware, software, communications, and related technology industries. Market cap at $5.48B, most recent closing price at $47.17.

 

10. Akamai, Inc. (AKAM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides services for accelerating and improving the delivery of content and applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $7.09B, most recent closing price at $39.97.

 

 

Written by Dale Wannen, Kapitall’s ESG content expert

 

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