The 10 best tech companies to work for, and the skills they need

LinkedIn's annual Top Companies list analyzes job demand and employee retention, and several tech giants top the list of places professionals want to work most.

The 10 best companies to work for in 2019 Tech companies took a third of the top spots in terms of best places to work based on employee ratings, according to a Glassdoor report.

Tech firms continue to dominate the list of companies where professionals want to work the most in 2019, according to LinkedIn's annual Top Companies list for US professionals, released this week.

The list examines US LinkedIn members' anonymized actions across four main pillars: Interest in the company, engagement with the company's employees, job demand, and employee retention, to analyze what professionals are doing in their career search.

Here are the top 10 tech companies where US professionals want to work in 2019. (It should be noted that LinkedIn and its parent company Microsoft have been excluded from the list.)

SEE: Special report: IT Jobs in 2020: A leader's guide (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

1. Alphabet

Alphabet, Google and YouTube's parent company, has topped LinkedIn's list in the past. Known for its employee perks, Alphabet has a global headcount of 98,800 employees, with its top US locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Seattle.

Fastest-growing skills: Data structure, R, Matlab

Job functions with the most new hires: Engineering, Information Technology, Program and Project Management

2. Facebook

Despite its major data privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant is still a top place to work. Facebook has a global headcount of 36,000, and its top US offices are in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City.

Fastest-growing skills: Data structures, pattern recognition, R

Job functions with the most new hires: Engineering, IT, Program and Project Management

3. Amazon

Amazon continues to revolutionize retail with automated stores and other initiatives. Its US headcount is 250,000 employees, with top US locations in Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City.

Fastest-growing skills: Solution architecture, Amazon Web Services (AWS), data structures

Job functions with the most new hires: Operations, Engineering, Sales

4. Salesforce

With a bevy of products on the market aiming to help businesses digitally transform, Salesforce has a US headcount of 22,000, with top locations in San Francisco, Indianapolis, and New York City.

Fastest-growing skills: Data analysis, cold calling, sales management

Job functions with the most new hires: Sales, Engineering, Business Development

5. Uber

The ride-sharing giant continues to roll out new features for business and other users. Uber has a US headcount of 10,000, and top US locations in San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago.

Fastest-growing skills: jQuery, R, cloud computing

Job functions with the most new hires: Operations, Engineering, Sales

6. Apple

Apple is making new strides in areas including apps, services, and banking, with plans to create 20,000 new jobs over the next five years across its existing campuses. Apple has a global headcount of 132,000, with top US locations in San Francisco, New York City, and Austin.

Fastest-growing skills: Matlab, machine learning, Python

Job functions with the most new hires: Engineering, IT, Sales

7. Airbnb

Airbnb is expanding its Airbnb for Work beyond business travel, recently acquiring Gaest.com for booking offsite meetings. The homeshare company has a US headcount of 3,000, with top US locations in San Francisco, Portland, and New York City.

Fastest-growing skills: Adobe InDesign CC, Agile methodologies, user experience design

Job functions with the most new hires: Engineering, Arts and Design, Human Resources

8. Oracle

While Oracle has faced a few missteps in its cloud business, the company is taking steps toward the customer data platform. It has a global headcount of 137,000, with top US locations in San Francisco, Boston, and Denver.

Fastest-growing skills: NetSuite, Oracle Cloud, Python

Job functions with the most new hires: Engineering, Sales, IT

9. Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies is the parent company of Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, RSA Security, and others. It has a global headcount of 145,000, with top US locations in Austin, Boston, and San Francisco.

Fastest-growing skills: Data analysis, HTML, recruiting

Job functions with the most new hires: Sales, Engineering, IT

10. Netflix

With competition from other streaming services heating up, Netflix is trying to move beyond being a tech company and positioning itself as a content company with a significant cultural impact, LinkedIn noted. Netflix has a US headcount of 5,700, with top US locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.

Fastest-growing skills: Publicity, social media marketing, digital marketing

Job functions with the most new hires: Media and Communication, Engineering, Operations

To see the full list of top 50 companies, check out LinkedIn's blog post. For more on the best companies to work for in 2019, check out Glassdoor's report.

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By Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.