September 3, 2011

The Top Tech Companies for Job Hunters

Looking for a tech job? Whether you want to work from home in new media or find an environmental tech job (or anything in between), the company that hires you plays a huge role in whether or not you love your job. You could do the exact same things at two different companies and love one job but hate the other. Recently, Business Insider rated the top tech companies to work for right now; here are some of the companies that made the list:

  • Guidewire – software company based in San Mateo, California
  • Barracuda Networks – security and storage company based in Campbell, California
  • Rackspace – web hosting company based in Can Antonio, Texas
  • MITRE – non-profit working with the federal government based in Bedford, Massachusetts and McLean, Virginia
  • Google – the king of Internet companies based in Menlo Park, California
  • SAP America – software company based in Palo Alto, California
  • Qualcomm – wireless company based in San Diego, California
  • Avanade – IT consulting and software company based in Seattle, Washington
  • Intel – semiconductor manufacturer based in Mountain View, California
  • Texas Instruments – semiconductor and computer technology company based in Dallas, Texas

What makes these companies such good places to work? It’s different for every company, but some characteristics found in many of these top ten places to work include the following:

  • A great leader – many of these companies have CEOs or presidents that have very high approval ratings from employees
  • Flexible work hours – some companies allow you to work during the hours that make sense for you rather than a traditional 9 to 5 schedule as is found at most companies
  • Close contact between management and workers – when there isn’t an “us versus them” mentality, it’s much more enjoyable to go to work
  • Job security – no one wants to fear that they’ll be down-sized, so top companies typically have a lot of job security
  • A great work environment – the best companies have campuses that include everything an employee could want, from free gyms to places to eat lunch
  • A healthy paycheck – it always helps when a company pays well – the best companies to work for usually offer high salaries
  • Awesome benefits – health insurance, dental coverage, paid vacation days, annual bonuses, free travel, and product discounts are just some of the benefits you get when working at some companies
  • Rewarding work – working on cutting-edge technology can be extremely exiting!

Other companies that made the top list for best tech companies right now include Intuit, NVIDIA , Agilent Technologies, National Instruments, Nortel Networks, Apple, NetApp, Autodesk, FactSet, Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, and Synopsys. Best of all, many of these companies are hiring right now, so check them out to see if they have opening positions that could be perfect for you.

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