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The 10 best companies to work for in 2017

Tech giants rank high on Indeed's annual list of best places to work, with companies like Salesforce, Facebook, and Google taking top spots. Here are some of the reasons why.

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Tech giants are some of the best companies to work for in America this year, according to job search site Indeed's annual "50 Best Places to Work" report, released Thursday.

In terms of the top 10, Salesforce earned the No. 1 spot overall, while Facebook reached No. 4, Google hit No. 5, and Apple took No. 8.

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The rankings are curated from Indeed's millions of company reviews from employees. Those that made the list of top 50 were the most highly ranked on overall employee experience. While compensation and job security are important factors for job satisfaction, today, strong company culture and sense of community are becoming just as much of a priority, according to Indeed senior vice president Paul D'Arcy.

"Tech companies exist in an environment where competition for talent is brutal. In this environment, they continue to try new ways to attract and engage the best candidates," D'Arcy told TechRepublic. "Many of the tech companies are newer, and have been built in an era where employee experience and culture are requirements for building a great company."

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Though the list includes a range of industries, several similarities emerged from employee reviews, Indeed noted.

"We are seeing people describe these exemplary workplaces as 'inspiring' and 'engaging' by maintaining excellent company culture, ensuring quality leadership, and offering competitive pay and benefits," D'Arcy wrote in a press release. "Employees also praise the companies on this list for being mission-driven organizations that are leaders in their respective industries."

The full list of 50 also included Microsoft and Cisco.

Here are the top 10 best places to work in 2017, according to Indeed:

1. Salesforce

Salesforce, the world's top customer relationship management software company, has core values of innovation, customer success, and giving back that make work meaningful for employees, according to Indeed. It recently began using artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its sales, marketing, and customer service efforts.

2. Southwest Airlines

Southwest offers travel privileges for employees and their families, and an excellent benefits package and matching 401(k) plan, according to Indeed.

3. JetBlue Airways Corporation

Airline JetBlue was ranked No. 21 on last year's Indeed list, by skyrocketed up to No. 3 this year. Employees and their families fly free on JetBlue in the US, and pay only taxes on international flights. The company also offers discounts on hotels, car rentals, ships, and flights from other airlines.

4. Facebook

Facebook's company culture encourages employees to be bold and solve the problems they care most about, according to Indeed. The company operates in small teams that move fast to develop new products.

5. Google

Google employees cite the culture, work/life balance, and compensation and benefits as top reasons why they enjoy working there, according to Indeed.

6. CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy's regulated utilities distribute natural gas to 3.3 million customers in six US states. The company jumped from No. 37 last year to the top 10 this year.

7. DTE Energy

DTE Energy is expanding its non-utility businesses, especially gas storage and pipeline projects and power and industrial projects, to broaden its revenue base, Indeed noted. Employees said the company offers strong work/life balance and benefits.

8.* Nike

Employees cited Nike's company culture as the top benefit to working at the company. Nike also focuses on creating world-class managers who can lead, coach and inspire their teams every day in pursuit of the highest performance, according to Indeed.

8.* Apple

Apple's culture and compensation packages are highly rated among employees, according to Indeed.

10. The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company offers employees a strong, fast-paced culture and good work/life balance, according to Indeed.

* indicates a tie

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