Glassdoor has published its annual list ‘Employees Choice Awards’, a ranking of the 100 best companies to work for in 2018, in the United States. The social network giant Facebook was the undisputed king of this year, not only as the best technology company to work but the best in the whole world. Meanwhile, the tech giant Apple fell 48 places in the ranking. Last year it was number 36, and this time it was 84. This list is based on votes from the employees themselves.
This is not the first time that Facebook has earned this ‘top’ of companies, in the 10 years that the firm has been doing the ranking, according to VentureBeat. It was ‘winning’ in 2011, 2012, 2017, and now 2018. In other years the title was won by Airbnb (2016), Google (2015) and Twitter (2014). But, curiously, neither Airbnb nor Twitter are on this year’s list. The tech giant Google did qualify, but it’s no surprise because the company has always been included.
The technology sector in the United States seems to be one of the best to work with, as 28 companies entered the top 50 this year. In addition, the representation of the industry is quite high, compared to other sectors. For example, ‘retail’ only entered 11 companies; health, 11; consultancies, 6; finance, 6; tourism and travel, also 6 companies.
So here’s the list of the best technology companies to work for in 2018. The first number indicates the position in the general list, and the second is the rating that the company had, being 1.0 the lowest rating and 5.0, the best. You can check the general list here.
1.Facebook (#1, Rating: 4.6)
2. Google (#5, Rating: 4.6)
3. HubSpot (#7, Rating: 4.6)
4. World Wide Technology (#8, Rating: 4.5)
5. Ultimate Software (#10, Rating: 4.5)
6. SAP (#11, Rating: 4.5)
7. Salesforce (#15, Rating: 4.5)
8. LinkedIn (#21, Rating: 4.5)
9. DocuSign (#22, Rating: 4.4)
10. NVIDIA (#24, Rating: 4.4)
11. Fast Enterprises (#25, Rating: 4.4)
12. Paylocity (#29, Rating: 4.4)
13. Intuit (#30, Rating: 4.4)
14. Adobe (#31, Rating: 4.4)
15. VMware (#33, Rating: 4.4)
16. Concur (#34, Rating: 4.4)
17. Microsoft (#39, Rating: 4.4)
18. Ellie Mae (#40, Rating: 4.4)
19. Yardi Systems (#42, Rating: 4.4)
20. Zillow (#57, Rating: 4.3)
21. Kronos Incorporated (#63, Rating: 4.3)
22. Yahoo (#65, Rating: 4.3)
23. Arm (#66, Rating: 4.3)
24. Guidewire (#68, Rating: 4.3)
25. CDW (#81, Rating: 4.3)
26. Apple (#84, Rating: 4.3)
27. Cisco Systems (#89, Rating: 4.3)
28. Ceridian (#92, Rating: 4.3)
The dark side of the industry
In spite of the excellent qualifications that their employees give to the technology companies, there are still many reports that denounce injustice conditions within them. For example, many of the big companies like the tech giant Google, Facebook and Apple, have had incidents because of the supposed little diversity that exists among their employees. Although significant efforts have been made to increase the population of women, ethnic communities and minorities in general, there is still much to be done for the industry.
Additionally, the tech giant Apple was recently denounced by its employees in China, workers of Foxconn, the supplier of the company in Asia. According to some young ‘practitioners’ in that country, Foxconn forced them to work for 11 hours a day putting together an iPhone in a factory in Zhengzhou, China. This complaint ended in the company suspending extra work hours for employees.
But on the bright side , Who wouldn’t want to work at Facebook. I’m really surprised Amazon isn’t here.
Mercedes Benz Accused Of Using Car Tracking Software On Their Cars
If you thought privacy issues end on social media then you might have to think again. Top Auto brand Mercedes Benz has been accused of using car tracking software to monitor drivers who use their cars.
The secret car tracking sensors, were all built into all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, to enable them pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.
Mercedes Benz Using Car Tracking Software
Mercedes has refused to say how long it has used the sensors and has insisted the sensors are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when certain customers have defaulted on payment.
However it has admitted to sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.
British Ex cabinet minister David Davis has called for extensive investigation into the matter.
According to Davis, “This is not the first time big business has behaved like Big Brother — but it’s rare to be quite as deceitful as this, I have to question whether it is even legal to pass on information to other people such as bailiffs. I would think the relevant minister ought to look very closely at the legality of this procedure.”
British Human Rights Group, Liberty said Mercedes’ actions were disturbing and part of the “creeping growth of surveillance”.
Legal experts have also raised concerns. According to a legal practitioner, “Modern technology means our ability to keep personal information private is under threat like never before.
“Organisations that handle personal data need to be completely upfront about what they are doing. That Mercedes appear not to have been so in this case is concerning. Its customers may start to worry about what other personal information the company may be gathering, then passing on.”
Personally, I have always said that privacy in the 21st Century is more or less an illusion. Just when you think all your data is secure, then it hits you. Mercedes isn’t the first to do this, however their rivals BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have all denied that they do similar tracking.
An investigation by The Sun months ago revealed that Amazon staff can listen to Alexa recordings of British couples rowing, discussing private family matters — and having sex.
Yes you read that line, having sex. I haven’t seen something as obnoxious and bizarre as listening to conversations and sex at the same time. I don’t know the perverted employees Amazon has employed but it’s not acceptable.
According To Mercedes Benz , the said sensors are not used to permanently track customers or access real time data. “When a customer chooses to finance the purchase of their car this way they sign a contract and agree to the location sensors in the car being activated in the event that they default or breach their agreement.
“This clause in the finance contract is in bold print, just above the customer’s signature.
“Locating the car is part of the repossession process and is not permanently tracking customers.
“It is only activated in exceptional circumstances where the customer has breached their finance agreement and repeatedly failed to reply to requests to contact us.”
Nevertheless, It’s actually good if you can track your car on your own terms and luckily I know a good car tracking service.
iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.