Top 10 Public Companies to Work for in 2013

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 (NASDAQ: RVBD  ) , 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.

Top 10 public companies to work for 2013 from The Motley Fool.

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.


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  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2012, at 7:52 PM, kahunacfa wrote:

    While it certainly is important to a company and to investors in that company as well it is Most Certainly NOT the MOST important factor for investors to consider when investing in a company.

    It is very disappointing to learn that one of the Gardner Brothers considers it the MOST important factor. That is just absolutely absurd, dumb headed as well as WRONG.

    Perhaps that might explain why some of TMF's investment recommendations turn out to be clunkers, or clankers as well. Select Comfort is one of those that comes immediately to mind in that regard.

    Temperpedic has been a far, far better investment than select comfort over the last five years.

    Kahuna, CFA

    Investment Professional

    1974 - Present

    Kailua-Kona 96745

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2012, at 10:56 PM, JohnCLeven wrote:

    Kahuna, you are absolutely right!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2012, at 5:35 PM, griffyote wrote:

    If your only consideration is profit and money Kahuna, you are absolutely correct.If your consideration is of who has a better product you may be correct. Some folks place a higher value on keeping their integrity than simply making money, and in this case you could be absolutely wrong.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2012, at 4:14 PM, mikecart1 wrote:

    I believe Facebook is ranked #1 on Glassdoor because that site is rankings by employees and from what I understand is that Facebook employees own shares of the company and receive other bonuses. I'd rather work at Google instead or Apple when it comes to tech companies in growth mode with real products and a real future.

    :)

  • Report this Comment On December 21, 2012, at 2:25 PM, racchole wrote:

    I feel sorry for young people to have a perspective that working for Facebook impacts 1 billion people. This couldn't be further from a illusion.

    Facebook has already impacted its billions of customers. The people that now work there are responsible for increasing profits and maintaining the shrine that is Facebook.

    The person who said that working for Google or Apple is far more rewarding, has a better perspective on life.

    The abuse of social networking has deteriorated the human condition of touch/feel/smell/sight (and the few people that we rarely get to taste...)

    The future of humanity is not going to be found in the opinions of the drones, the one with the most likes, or the most friends, or the most pictures, or the one who wishes everyone happy birthday. It is found in the products, services, and solutions that improve daily life, that permanently increase the lower bounds of living standards and expectations, but MOST important - building an expanding human understanding of Earth, the universe, and everything in-between (and beyond?).

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