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With the slower summer months, it’s a good time to reflect on benefit portfolios to see if they could use some sprucing up. Glassdoor’s annual list of best places to work in 2016 identifies companies that received high marks for pay, perks and for having collaborative work cultures that recognize workers’ value.

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50. SolarCity
73% of employees would recommend to a friend
91% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Super energetic company, strong leadership, strong sense of community among employees.”
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49. Concur
82% of employees would recommend to a friend
96% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Very real, down to earth, smart, fun employees to work with. I have made real, long term friends at Concur. Excellent career growth opportunities. Very good benefits. An extremely virtual organization that doesn't micromanage their employees. My worst days at Concur, are better than my best days at other companies I've worked at.”
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48. Total Quality Logistics
72% of employees would recommend to a friend
89% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Unlimited earning potential and a fun place to work.”
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47. Nike
84% of employees would recommend to a friend
96% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Some good benefits - discounted product, lots of PTO once you've put in a few years, ESPP and profit share/match are great. Great child care centers. Flexible work hours and telecommuting available.”
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46. Red Bull
77% of employees would recommend to a friend
84% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “A fun company with a lot of young people.”
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45. REI
82% of employees would recommend to a friend
90% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Worked here part time for years, great place to work as a part time job.”
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44. Gartner
79% of employees would recommend to a friend
87% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “At Gartner you work with brilliant people and sit at the cutting edge of IT. People are supportive and collaborative. Things change all the time and change quickly, so you need to be OK with change to do well here. HR encourages people to develop and move to new opportunities around the company.”
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43. Stryker
76% of employees would recommend to a friend
89% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Well managed & fiscally conservative company. A big organization that has kept the small company feel. Feels like working amongst long-time friends which builds a culture of employees invested in each other’s as well as the company’s long term success.”
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42. Southwest Airlines
81% of employees would recommend to a friend
83% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “A solid company with room to advance. They embrace creativity and innovation, benefits and flexible work schedules with overtime opportunities.”
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41. GE Aviation
80% of employees would recommend to a friend
91% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Work/Life balance is the best I have ever seen! Management is very understanding of any personal issues and work closely to help you as much as possible. The staff is incredibly friendly and greatly cares about the things they and the company achieve.”
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40. Costco Wholesale
82% of employees would recommend to a friend
92% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Very affordable high quality health insurance benefits even for PT employees. Great for working parents who split up child care and need coverage. The key to succeeding at Costco is to work hard, have a good attitude and be nice to people. It's hard work and fast paced, you have to be down for that to succeed.”
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39. Chevron
82% of employees would recommend to a friend
87% of employees approve of the CEO

Employer comment: “When you become a Chevron employee, you’ll be able to make choices in areas such as health and welfare benefits and retirement savings. You’ll have access to support programs intended to help you and your family take care of yourself, manage stress, and balance your life on and off the job.”
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38. Gensler
72% of employees would recommend to a friend
88% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “You can make your own way and take your career any direction you want. Gensler truly lives by the ‘one-firm firm’ philosophy. The network between the offices is amazing. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s top talent on incredible projects.”
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37. Red Hat
85% of employees would recommend to a friend
96% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “RHT has a suite of products that are taking over the entire data center, way beyond OS. Amazing mobile strategy. Some of the smartest people in the biz. Folks have the highest respect for technical and field resources.”
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36. Turner Construction
90% of employees would recommend to a friend
99% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Focused on their employees growth and success. They offer many different resources and training opportunities. The company is also very focused on healthy work life balance.”
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35. Workday
79% of employees would recommend to a friend
97% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Amazing challenges and huge opportunity to build solutions that scale. Great management which has a vision and direction for the company. Work/Life balance is excellent; the company is very family focused.”
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34. Genentech
84% of employees would recommend to a friend
92% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Genentech works just as hard for their employees, as their employees work for them. Inviting and social atmosphere every day. Everyone has a positive attitude because they know the work they are doing is helping real people.”
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33. F5 Networks
84% of employees would recommend to a friend
100% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “The company has a leading product and a great name on the market.”
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32. Salesforce
84% of employees would recommend to a friend
96% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Amazing corporate culture: [we] work hard but have fun doing it, with unbelievable benefits that are constantly increasing.”
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31. Akamai
81% of employees would recommend to a friend
97% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “People are dauntingly smart, friendly, and helpful, the work is challenging but interesting, the benefits are very good, and the pace - while certainly subject to the occasional flurry of long hours - is remarkably life- and family-friendly.”
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30. Slalom Consulting
83% of employees would recommend to a friend
94% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Work-life balance is built into the culture. People will seriously start to question you if you work past 5 or 6 p.m. Very interesting work, huge growth opportunities.”
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29. Wegmans Food Markets
81% of employees would recommend to a friend
89% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “A well-established company, many opportunities for advancement both locally and in other markets, with stability, flexible scheduling and employees that truly care about the well-being and success of every employee.”
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28. Paycom
79% of employees would recommend to a friend
91% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Though this is a fairly large company, it hasn’t forgotten its humble beginnings and down-home attitude that is found in its headquarters' state, Oklahoma! Wonderful attitude by pretty much everyone, and the executives are actually present.”
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27. Vivint Solar
84% of employees would recommend to a friend
91% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “Working at Vivint Solar has been very positive, with flexible hours, relaxed environment and rewarding work.”
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26. Twitter
76% of employees would recommend to a friend
94% of employees approve of the CEO

Employee comment: “The culture is empowering. You are the master of what you want to create here and the company stands behind you for support.”