Does it really matter to investors whether or not a business is a great place to work?
Of course it does. The better question might be: How much does it matter?
For Motley Fool CEO and co-founder Tom Gardner, it matters a lot. He tells us that the most important factor he looks for in an investment "is how a company takes care of its employees and what sort of culture it is developing."
With that in mind, investors may find it useful to consider the winners of the recent "Employees' Choice Awards," a list of the best places to work for in 2013. The awards are determined by Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, and are based solely on the input of employees via an anonymous online company review survey.
In this slideshow, we've listed the top 10 public companies from Glassdoor's survey. And we've also included our Motley Fool CAPS stock rating for each company so investors can see how our community perceives the investing prospects of that particular company. You'll see that Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) , which comes in at No. 1 in the Glassdoor survey, receives only one star from our CAPS community. Riverbed Technology (UNKNOWN: RVBD.DL ) , on the other hand, comes in at No. 2 among public companies, while also receiving five stars from our CAPS community. Chevron (NYSE: CVX ) is another company that ranks highly in both the survey and in our CAPS community. It has also been among the best places to work for five straight years.
We hope that this list will serve as a great jumping-off point for further research.
This is the second year in a row that Facebook was ranked the top-rated employer. According to Glassdoor, its employees appreciated the opportunity to impact a billion people, while also enjoying great perks and benefits.
Sadly, Facebook's track record for investors hasn't been quite as positive, so far. Going forward, there are a lot of factors to consider, however. We've outlined the pros and cons of investing in Facebook in our latest premium research report. You can access the report by clicking here.