Facebook is no longer the best place to work in America

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Looking for a job in 2019? These companies may be a good place to start. Global management company Bain & Co. ranked No. 1 in career website Glassdoor’s “100 Best Places to Work” in 2019. Facebook FB, +0.34% the biggest social-media platform on the planet, which has been plagued by scandal and grappling with how to deal with fake news, fell from No. 1 last year to No. 7 this year.

Employees are asked to rate how satisfied they are with their employer overall, rate their CEO as well as rate key workplace attributes such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work/life balance, senior management, plus culture and values. Employees are also asked whether they would recommend their employer to a friend and about the company’s six-month business outlook.

Glassdoor’s list is based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review about their job, work environment and employer over the past year. In the U.S., Glassdoor has compiled the “100 Best Places to Work” for those corporations with 1,000 or more employees.

Facebook did not respond to request for comment. There are, however, huge upsides to working there. Facebook workers have a median annual salary of $240,000. CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s salary, meanwhile, at $8.8 million, is 37 times the average Facebook worker. Facebook perks include paid paternity and maternity leave of four months, free meals, 21 days of paid vacation and subsidies to work out at its gym. It received 4.5 out of 5 on Glassdoor’s scale.

Glassdoor’s top 10 ‘Best Places to Work’ in 2019:

1. Bain & Company (4.6 out of 5)

2. Zoom Video Communications (4.5)

3. In-N-Out Burger (4.5)

4. Procore Technologies (4.5)

5. Boston Consulting Group (4.5)

6. LinkedIn (4.5)

7. Facebook (4.5)

8. Google GOOGL, +0.60%  (4.4)

9. Lululemon LULU, +5.54%  (4.4)

10. Southwest Airlines LUV, -0.44% (4.4) 

Actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place. During the year-long eligibility period, employers considered for the large-company list must have received at least 75 ratings, and employers considered for the small and medium list of companies must have received at least 30 ratings, respectively, for all of the attributes in the survey. (You can read the complete methodology here.)

It’s been a trying 12 months for Facebook. Last month, it admitted asking an opposition-research company to investigate billionaire George Soros over his criticism of the company. After denying she knew that Facebook had targeted Soros, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg later said, “It was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else.”

In a blistering speech delivered in January, Soros called Facebook and Alphabet’s Google a “menace” to society.” His comments were made before the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed 2 billion users had their data scraped, but after revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Zuckerberg has pledged to combat fake news and data-scraping.

Last year, Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook and founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, told Axios that Facebook is a behemoth that sucks up people’s time by playing on their weaknesses. “It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you’re exploiting vulnerability in human psychology,” he said.

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As companies try to understand consumer behavior, data scientists are also in high demand. Boasting a median base salary of $110,000 and a job-satisfaction score of 4.4 out of 5, data scientist was ranked No. 1 on Glassdoor’s “Best Jobs in America” list in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The report released this week is based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction.

But data scientists have competition. A separate report released by U.S. News & World Report lists software developer as the No. 1 job based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like data scientist, a software developer has a median annual salary of over $100,000. The study looked at work-life balance, salary and other areas of career development.

Data scientists and software developers use programming language such as Python (sought after in 72% of Glassdoor data scientist job postings), followed by R (64%), SQL (51%), Hadoop (39%) and the more well-known Java (33%). Core data scientists are likely to be proficient in Python, as it’s one of the most shareable computer languages and it’s relatively easy and free to learn.

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