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The top 10 companies professionals want to work for in 2017, according to LinkedIn

The social network for professionals recently listed 50 companies that have the most interest from users. Here are the top 10.

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On Thursday, LinkedIn released a list of the top 50 companies where professionals are most interested in working, and many of them are companies in the tech industry.

The companies were ranked based on the rate at which LinkedIn members were applying to their open jobs, how often non-employees were seeking to connect with company employees on LinkedIn, and whether or not employees held the job for at least a year, a company blog post said. The top companies went out of their way to seek out talent and develop employees once they were hired, among a host of other characteristics.

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Here are the top 10 companies where the world wants to work, according to LinkedIn.

1. Alphabet

Alphabet, the parent company of search giant Google, took the top spot as the archetype of tech company culture, complete with all the perks most startups are known for. Around the world, Google employs some 72,000 people, the report found.

2. Amazon

Not just an online bookstore, Amazon is the biggest public cloud provider with its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division, and makes movies too. Around 341,400 work for Amazon, which offers fun perks like letting employees bring their dogs to work.

3. Facebook

Facebook isn't just one of the world's top social networks, it's also one of the most in-demand places to work. The company also owns Instagram and is working on artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives and virtual reality (VR) too.

4. Salesforce

The godfather of Software as a Service (SaaS), Salesforce has an entire floor of its San Francisco skyscraper set aside for events at the company, the report said. Known for its focus on volunteerism, the company offers additional days off that employees can dedicate to causes they're passionate about.

5. Uber

Despite some of the controversies surrounding Uber, the company has received a lot of attention on LinkedIn. Uber is valued close to $70 billion, the report said, and employs 12,000 people globally.

6. Tesla

Auto manufacturer Tesla, in the short time it's been around, already tops General Motors and Ford in terms of market value, LinkedIn said. Tesla regularly makes headlines for its work on autonomous vehicles and energy efficiency.

7. Apple

Apple is a massive tech enterprise, employing some 110,000 people worldwide. The company's sleek designs have garnered it a massive fan base and fanatical following.

8. Time Warner

Despite cable providers routinely ranking low on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Timer Warner made it into the top 10 of LinkedIn's list. Benefits like an employee fitness program help complete employee wellness goals.

9. The Walt Disney Company

Disney isn't just about cartoons: The firm also lay claims to ESPN, ABC, Marvel comics, Pixar, and LucasFilms, which makes the Star Wars movies. Disney has almost 200,000 employees, and those workers get free passes to the firm's famous theme parks, the report said.

10. Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast NBCUniversal recently made a commitment to hiring 10,000 military veterans, to add to its already 160,000-strong ranks of employees. LinkedIn also noted that the company has spent some $8 billion to diversify its supply chain, specifically working with minority and women-owned suppliers.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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