Amazon, Alphabet Top List of Where Tech Pros Want to Work

According to a new study, Amazon is the most sought-after employer in the United States.

LinkedIn analysis shows Amazon ahead of a pack dominated by tech companies. It compiled the data using a mix of how often people were viewing and applying to jobs at a company, how often users engaged with LinkedIn profiles of those companies, the number of users outside the company which were trying to connect with Amazon employees via the site, and retention statistics for jobs.

Amazon carries the day as a tech firm, but its increasing reach beyond the digital realm should keep it ahead of the pack. It recently purchased Whole Foods for an official entry into the grocery game, and is reportedly eyeing Toys ‘R’ Us stores once that chain officially closes up shop. Away from tech, Amazon is poised to become a top employer nationwide.

Google parent company Alphabet is second on the list despite being embroiled in various cultural workplace brouhahas. LinkedIn says the company sees over one million applications annually.

Rounding out the top five are Facebook, SalesForce, and Tesla. Apple takes sixth place, Oracle is ninth, and Netflix fills in at tenth. Under-the-radar companies Comcast and Disney occupy the seventh and eighth spots, respectively.

Amazon and Google have widespread appeal as ‘catch-all’ employers in tech. With a variety of services and career paths, plenty of jobs are available at both firms. Similarly, Facebook’s various tech-focused efforts away form its simple social feed keep people interested. By comparison, Twitter – which doesn’t have much going for it beyond its own social news feed – ranks 43rd on this list.

SalesForce is a sleeping giant in tech, but there’s good reason people may be trying to work there. LinkedIn notes it has one of the higher diversity metrics in all of tech, and the company insists on a ‘family first’ approach for employees. A separate study shows the work-life balance is increasingly important to developers.

Dice’s Salary Survey shows employers are offering benefits to offset plateauing income levels, with the ability to work form home or have flexible hours (two motivators for those with families) among the most-offered benefits. A study form HackerRank notes the ability to work remotely is one of the most sought-after benefits amongst tech pros.

LinkedIn’s data is also a reminder of how dominant Silicon Valley is for tech. While avoiding Silicon Valley can actually help your personal bottom-line, tech pros still want to be there in a big way.

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