Most desired tech companies to work for according to workers: Survey

  • Silicon Valley tech workers said Google is the most desirable company to work for in 2020.
  • That’s according to a new survey from job search marketplace Hired, which polled 4,100 tech workers in cities around the world. 
  • Workers based in the San Francisco Bay Area voted Google as the company they’d most like to work for, followed by Netflix, Slack, LinkedIn, and Apple. 
  • Respondents also voted Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk the most inspiring leader in tech. 
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When it comes to the tech companies Silicon Valley techies most want to work for, Google reigns supreme.

That’s according to job search marketplace Hired, which recently surveyed 4,100 tech professionals about which companies they’d like to work for in their current city and around the world. The survey homed in on tech hubs like the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Seattle, and Austin, as well as international markets like London and Toronto. 

Hired rated companies on a metric called Brand Positivity Index, or BPI, which measured candidates’ interest in working for a company. Among the top-rated companies on Hired’s survey, Netflix had the highest score overall, meaning it was the company respondents were most interested in working for, regardless of where they lived. 

But when it came to Silicon Valley specifically, the results were slightly different. Here were the 10 companies candidates are most interested in working for in the Bay Area: 

1. Google

2. Netflix

3. Slack

4. LinkedIn

5. Apple

6. Square

7. Dropbox

8. Facebook

9. Nvidia

10. Airbnb

Among Bay Area respondents, the majority responded that they’re currently most worried about instability at a company, like layoffs or high turnover, and would be more interested in taking a new job if it provided the opportunity to learn new skills, Hired found. 

Overall, 64% of respondents noted that whether a company is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion would affect whether they decided to take the job. Hired found that nearly 50% noted that pay transparency is crucial for employers in order to guarantee equitable salaries for every role. 

Hired also asked respondents to rank the most inspiring leaders in the tech industry. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk topped the list, followed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Reed Hastings of Netflix, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce rounded out the top 10. 

Hired’s findings come at a time when Bay Area tech workers are said to be reconsidering their futures of Silicon Valley. A survey by anonymous workplace chat app Blind from May found that two out of three tech workers would leave the region if faced with a permanent shift to working from home. While it’s unclear yet just how large of a percentage of workers have already left the region, rents in the city of San Francisco are dropping for the first time in years, and many companies, including Twitter and Slack, have said their employees can work remotely forever. 

What that means for hiring in Silicon Valley remains to be seen, though it’s possible that many companies will continue to allow for remote work, even when tech offices can safely begin to reopen. In Twitter’s case, for example, Dorsey said in a recent interview that the workforce will remain “decentralized” going forward. 

“Here we are, an internet company, that’s completely centralizing in San Francisco,” Dorsey said. “We’re not living up to the ideals of what the internet inspired us to be and what it can show.” 

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Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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