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Top 10 companies with the best business outlook, according to employees

See which companies employees said had the best business outlook for the coming year.

In its company review survey in which employees voluntarily and anonymously share their perspective on what it's like to work at their company, Glassdoor asked Do you believe your company's business outlook will get better, stay the same, or worsen in the next six months?' On average, across all 250,000 companies on Glassdoor, only 38% of employees believe their business outlook will get better in the next six months.

Here's a graphic showing the results:

Here's some of the commentary added by employees of the top ten companies

"The projects we're working on are all very inspiring. The company has a long term vision I can actually subscribe to, personally. The company exists to do good." - Google Software Engineer (Stockholm, Sweden)

"Where I am at, we are working on the latest and greatest. I work around highly motivated, intelligent people who keep me young and challenged." - QUALCOMM Senior Staff Software Engineer (San Diego, CA)

"Marissa has brought huge, positive changes to the company. The company is operating with a sense of vision and urgency that hasn't been seen since it's very early days. The culture of transparency exhibited at each Friday's all-hands meetings led by Marissa has been a breath of fresh air." - Yahoo Manager (Sunnyvale, CA)

"Great company vision and mission: To create a best-run world, by helping our customers become best-run businesses and to improve the lives of others. Transforming the way people think about enterprise software companies." - SAP Director (Palo Alto, CA)

"Company is growing like wildfire. And the really care about their employees." - Amazon Trainer (Jeff, IN)

"Work life balance, opportunity to grow quickly, helpful senior management, collegial environment, diverse projects, big company relatively resilient to economic turbulence." - Tata Consultancy Services Employee (location, n/a)

"The company is always trying to improve itself. A very upbeat, friendly atmosphere. If you show a willingness to learn, they are very happy to help you succeed. They have a very thorough system in place to keep excelling in the grocery industry." - Publix Deli Associate (Key West, FL)

"In my time there I have not observed anything "evil" about the company - they are in it for the long haul, they want to do the right thing and not cut corners just because customers might not notice. GM seems to have a strong corporate conscience, even if it means we have to sacrifice profits in the short term." - General Motors Product Development Engineer (Detroit, MI)

"Strong support of local products - always looking for ways to increase our local assortment and highlight the people behind them. High quality standards that set us apart from the competition." - Whole Foods Employee (location, n/a)

"Has very good executive leadership under Frank Blake. Has good core values and is involved in the community." - Home Depot Senior Manager (Atlanta, GA)

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13 comments
bobc4012
bobc4012

Moved comment to where the reply should have been - I had to switch to another browser (Chrome) as I could not reply via "Reply" with Firefox (nor "Edit"). The new Firerfox updates and some add-ons are probably having conflicts and it will take some time to check out.

namvet_mike
namvet_mike

When the big three was offered big bucks to stave off bankruptcy only Ford decline. FoMoCo has been and always is my first choice in vehicles and if able purchase of stocks. People that work for Ford both manufacturing, sales and maintenance have said nothing but positive comments and are very satisfied with Ford products. GM should now be considered as close to failing both their customers and employees.

helzapoppn
helzapoppn

I followed links to Glassdoor and pulled up the pages for General Motors and Ford Motor Company. In contrast to the limited data cited in your article, GM's average rating (545 current employees) is just 3.2 ("O.K."), whereas Ford's rating (from 559 current employees) is 3.5 ("Satisfied"). Even more telling is that Ford CEO Alan Mulally scored an overwhelming 94% approval rating, far better than the 77% approval given to GM CEO Dan Akerson. Finally, 70% of the Ford employees would recommend this employer to their friends, vs. just 56% of their GM colleagues.

Slayer_
Slayer_

They tripled the price of parts. So now every repair makes them boat loads of money. And if the new cost exceeds the value of the car, insurance companies will write off the car and the owner is forced to buy a new one (or keep the busted car and fix it themselves)

bobc4012
bobc4012

While I don't disagree with what you said, it does not relate to the article. Employees can think they work for a crappy company, but they can still think they company will do very well business-wise. Look at companies like Apple, IBM, Microsoft - well, Apple and IBM anyway. While their employees may think the company sheise the bed as a work place, they may still believe the business outlook is still good. Take SAS, a company that is ranked no. 1 year after year as a great place to work. Apparently the employees do not feel the business outlook is that great for the near future. As far as GM products, I wouldn't hit a dog in the backside with one (it would be an insult to the dog). Plus, who but myopic Hollywood movie stars can afford to buy a $40,000+ car with a looonnnggg extension cord to drive it! BTW, doesn't GM stand for "Get a Mechanic quick!"?

JCitizen
JCitizen

And that's the battery, the chassis and motor run forever, probably over 300,000 before you'd need to at least repair the suspension. The thing is, that batteries are dropping in price; it used to cost 100,000 US dollars to buy a complete battery pack - then it dropped to 30,000 USD after the plug in Prius Hybrid was developed by custom shops - Now you can buy the whole EV for around that figure! I would shop around and check the warranty on such products before I buy, but then I'd trade it in, long before the battery is out of warranty anyway. (edit) of course tires do wear out.

JCitizen
JCitizen

I needed a BIG truck, but I wanted to save on gas, so I got a Tahoe Hybrid back in 2008. The only problem with it was a check engine light that came on for no reason. It was fixed by simple unplugging and re plugging the sensor wires. Other than that I average about 23 mpg, which is not too shabby for a huge 6 liter V8! When I putt around town is when I save even more gas - the gasoline motor only comes on every 5 city blocks or so and generates for about 30 seconds to a minute then shuts off again. If I don't take it out on the highway, I never have to gas it up for months!! I figure the savings paid for the extra expense alone. I paid it off pretty rapidly, but I refinanced a few months ago because I'm reducing my credit card debt. VIA motors is making GM shells into an EV hybrid that can go 40 miles on pure electric mode - there is no transmission, only motor controls via computer. I posted a link elsewhere in the discussion.

JCitizen
JCitizen

This company would revolutionize GM if they would buy it! http://www.viamotors.com/ Via buys brand new partially constructed shells from GM for their modifications. We don't need no stinking roller skates for cars! We are AMERICANS! ]:)

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