Top 15 tech companies to work for in the US

Enjoy your job and earn a great salary with these top-rated tech companies

In the US, the tech industry is responsible for many of the best jobs available, but what do we know about the tech companies that offer these employment opportunities?

What exactly is it about a tech company that makes it good to work for? For some companies, it’s the high employee-satisfaction ratings or high average salaries that help to make them stand out. For others, it’s the wide variety of different roles they offer, which can help employees move up the ladder at the same company.

In this article, we’ve put together the top-15 tech companies to work for in the US. To start off, let’s examine how we analyzed the numbers that back up their top-dog statuses.

Methodology

Obviously there are a number of factors we can utilise to determine the best tech firms to work for, with jobseekers treating each one in a different way. We’ve examined some of the most important factors potential employees consider when looking for their next job and tried to find the organizations that perform best in each category.

We used Glassdoor’s and Indeed’s list of best businesses to work for but we used a specific filter in order to find the technology companies in the list. On top of that, we looked for each organization’s rating and averaged them out. For example, if a business scored 4.4 on Glassdoor and 4.0 on Indeed, the average of this would be a rating of 4.2 out of 5.

Although some jobseekers may not necessarily consider salary to be the most important part of a job, we’re confident for many others it is a relevant factor. Therefore, we’ve utilized data from Payscale.com to look for the average salary for every tech organization we picked out. Despite this, salaries tend to vary widely between a number of companies and it might not necessarily be the best indicator of your future earnings, but it does, however, highlight a general trend.

Finally, the potential for growth in your role in the long-term, and adding to your skillset, is huge. We determined what room there might be to grow in each company by looking at the approximate number of vacancies listed on Glassdoor. By combining all this data, we calculated each company’s average ranking across the variables and narrowed our list to the top 15 tech companies.

15. Cisco

Cisco's headquarters in the US

Average Employee Score: 4.2 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $105,510

No. of Open Positions: 1,500

If you've touched a computer, there's a good chance your data has passed through Cisco hardware or software. Cisco launched back in 1984 on the Stanford University campus and exploded into a multibillion-dollar company over the years.

Its expansion and firm grip on the enterprise hardware and software markets have made it a desirable tech company to work for. It lands at No. 15 on our list thanks to its relatively consistent numbers in all three variables.

Its 4.2 average employee rating across Glassdoor and Indeed lands in a two-way tie at No. 5 while its $105,510 average salary sits at 12. Giving it a small boost is its No. 11-ranked 1,500 open jobs at the time of this writing.

14. Intel

Average Employee Score: 4.2 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $97,482

No. of Open Positions: 2,000

Like Cisco, if you've done any work on a computer, there is a good chance you've worked with an Intel component, as its processors hold a 67.2% market share as of the first quarter of 2020.

With a stranglehold on the processor marketplace, it's no surprise Intel made it to No. 14 on our top tech companies list.

At the time of this writing, Intel has a whopping 2,000 open positions listed on Glassdoor, which ranks No. 8. It also boasts a 4.2 employee rating, which is in a two-way tie at No. 5. What drags it down a bit is its No. 14-ranked average salary of $97,482. 

13. Intuit

A cushion on a sofa with Intuit's Quickbooks logo branded onto it

Average Employee Score: 4.25 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $115,295

No. of Open Positions: 481

Intuit has long offered innovative financial software for individuals and businesses, including TurboTax, Quickbooks and Mint. Beyond this staple software, Intuit also offers a wide range of other business software to help companies meet their financial goals.

With so many offerings in the world of corporate and personal finance, it draws a lot of attention from job seekers and has earned the No. 13 spot on our list of the top tech companies to work for.

Intuit's strongest suit is its average pay, which rings in at $115,295 per year and ranks No. 8 among the tech companies on our list. It's in a three-way tie at No. 4 in employee rating at 4.25 and stands at No. 13 in open positions with 481.

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12. Dell Technologies

Average Employee Score: 4.15 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $95,271

No. of Open Positions: 4,900

Dell Technologies has its hands on numerous sides of the technology game, as it not only produces computers for personal and business use, but it also offers a wide range of enterprise network solutions. This wide digital net Dell Technologies casts reels in the No. 12 spot in our list of top tech companies to work for.

Dell Technologies' best attribute for job seekers is its number of available positions, as Glassdoor lists 4,900 open jobs at the time of this writing. That places No. 3 on our list. Dragging it down a bit is its 4.15 rating by employees and $95,271 average salary, which both rank last on our list.

11. Adobe

Adobe sign on a wall at its German offices

Average Employee Score: 4.35 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $111,387

No. of Open Positions: 1,600

Adobe's products, including Photoshop and Acrobat, have become staples in their software verticals. In fact, Photoshop has gone from a trademarked name to a colloquial verb for any edited image. It's this massive popularity of its staple products and useful niche products that have made it one of the most desirable tech companies to work for.

Helping it land at No. 11 on our list is a 4.35 employee rating, which is No. 2 among the top companies listed here. It also places relatively well with its $111,387 average yearly salary and 1,600 open jobs, which rank 11th and 10th, respectively.

10 (Tie). SurveyMonkey

Average Employee Score: 4.25 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $134,139

No. of Open Positions: 86

Every company that cares about employee experience has used SurveyMonkey to create anonymous employee surveys. But employers are far from the only folks using SurveyMonkey, making it a stable and desirable tech company to work for.

SurveyMonkey crushed all but one tech company on our list with its $134,743 average salary. It slipped to No. 10 due to its 4.25 average employee rating on Glassdoor and Indeed, which was part of a  two-way tie at No. 4 on our list. It also had just 86 available jobs at the time of this writing, which was ranked dead last on our list.

10 (Tie). SAP

Blue SAP logo on the wall of a building

Average Employee Score: 4.3 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $99,644

No. of Open Positions: 3,300

According to enterprise application software powerhouse SAP, "77% of the world's transaction revenue touches" one of its systems. This broad reach has earned it a shared No. 10 slot on our list of the best tech companies to work for.

With a whopping 3,300 open positions at the time of this writing, there is plenty of movement for job seekers at virtually any career level. Its No. 3 ranked employee rating of 4.3 of 5 points on Glassdoor and Indeed helps its overall rating on our list, but its $99,344 average salary ranks only 13th on our list, dragging it down a bit.

9 (Tie). LinkedIn

Average Employee Score: 4.4 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $122,793

No. of Open Positions: 235

Many job seekers see LinkedIn as just a job board, but it has quickly become a leader in the world of tech and is a hot option for tech professionals looking to make a career move.

LinkedIn is locked in a two-way tie at No. 9 on our list of top tech companies to work for thanks to its incredible first-place 4.4 employee-satisfaction rating and fifth-ranked $122,793 average yearly salary. Dragging it down to No. 11 are its 235 open positions at the time of this writing, which is No. 14 among the other top tech companies on our list.

9 (Tie). Salesforce

The Salesforce logo on a glass wall in an office building

Average Employee Score: 4.3 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $113,500

No. of Open Positions: 2,000

The second member of the two-way tie at No. 9 on our list of top tech companies to work for is Salesforce. It earned its spot as a force in tech by offering a customer relationship management solution that can fit virtually any business' needs. And with a significant need for tech workers to build, secure and improve this CRM, Salesforce must offer superior employee experience to keep the wheels moving.

Salesforce's 4.3 employee rating across Glassdoor and Indeed, puts it in a six-way tie for No. 3, while its 2,000 open positions ranks No. 7.  It also delivers a respectable average salary of $113,500, which checks in at No. 10 on our list.

6. NVIDIA

Average Employee Score: 4.3 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $138,743

No. of Open Positions: 1,200

NVIDIA may not be a household name to the average computer user, but gamers and those in the tech industry were introduced to it as a leader in computer graphics. Today, it is still a leader in graphics, but it also has worked its way into robotics and self-driving cars.

Its wide reach in the world of tech has led to it becoming one of the best tech companies to work for and helped it place No. 6 on our list. NVIDIA tops all other tech companies with its $138,743 average yearly salary and is no slouch with its third-ranked 4.3 of 5 employee rating. The only slipping point is its 1,200 open positions, which sits at No. 12 on our list.

5 (Tie). Facebook

The Facebook app as seen on a smartphone in somebody's pocket

Average Employee Score: 4.3 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $119,992

No. of Open Positions: 3,100

In a two-way tie at No. 5 on the list of top tech companies to work for is one of the most recognizable companies in the world: Facebook. What started as a simple alternative to MySpace for college students has grown into a billion-dollar tech monster and one of the most desirable companies to work for.

There is more to it being a top-notch workplace than just a name and status. Facebook also ranks in the top 10 in the critical variables job seekers consider. Its average employee rating of 4.3 rings in at No. 3 on our list, and its 3,100 open positions is a healthy No. 6. Finally, Facebook's average yearly salary of $119,992 checks in at No. 6 among the top tech companies listed here.

5 (Tie). VMware

Average Employee Score: 4.25 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $128,081

No. of Open Positions: 1,800

From cloud storage to virtualization and everything in between, VMware offers tons of business IT solutions to solve almost any problem. This robust lineup of solutions makes it an in-demand company for job seekers in the tech industry.

VMware also hits the mark in terms of numbers with an average yearly salary of $128,081, which ranks No. 3 among tech companies listed here. VMware also boasts a third-ranked 4.25 employee rating and ninth-ranked 1,800 available positions at the time of this writing. This adds up to it a No. 5 overall ranking, tying it with Facebook.

3. Google

External shot of a building with a large Google logo on its side

Average Employee Score: 4.4 of 5 Average Yearly Salary: $115,126 No. of Open Positions: 4,100

It's on your computer, in your home, on your phone and even in your car: it's Google. What started innocently enough as a search engine has spread like wildfire to touch nearly every aspect of tech and life in general. In the process, it has also become one of the hottest tech companies to work for thanks to its incredible campus and the status that comes with saying you work for Google.

On a more objective side, Google rings in at No. 3 on our list thanks to its 4.4 average employee rating and whopping 4,100 open positions at the time of this writing, which ranks fourth. The only area where Google stumbles is its $115,126 average salary, which comes in at No. 9.  

2. Microsoft

Average Employee Score: 4.3 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $118,869

No. of Open Positions: 13,000

No list of top tech companies can be complete without Microsoft prying its way in somehow. Ranking No. 2 on our list is the company best known for the Windows operating system. Windows is more than just an OS these days, as it's also responsible for countless other software and hardware, including the powerful Surface Pro.

Its broad footprint on the world of tech has led to it becoming one of the hottest companies to work for. The numbers also give good reason to join team Microsoft, as it has an eye-popping 13,100 open positions, which ranks No. 1 by a wide margin. It also boasts a third-ranked 4.3 of 5 employee rating and a seventh-ranked $118,869 average salary.

1. Apple

External shot of a flagship Apple store

Average Employee Score: 4.25 of 5

Average Yearly Salary: $123,256

No. of Open Positions: 7,000

Wherever Microsoft is, Apple isn't far away. This also rings true in terms of being a desirable employer, as it checks in at No. 1 on our list of top tech companies to work for. Apple offers countless software and hardware solutions for individuals and businesses in addition to its wildly popular smartphones, tablets and iPod MP3 players.

This colossal spread of technological offerings is enough to get any tech worker excited, and the numbers back up its desirability as an employer.

It checks in at No. 2 on our list for open positions with 7,000, giving any worker plenty of vertical and horizontal movement. It also isn't shabby with a 4.25 employee rating and an average yearly salary of $123,256, which both rank fourth among companies on this list.

Honorable mentions

Many job seekers care only about how employees feel about each company, and three companies that failed to make our list stood at the top of the employee-rating list.

Hubspot stood out as the No. 1 ranked company in employee happiness with an average rating of 4.55 and a first-place finish in Glassdoor's "Best Places to Work 2020" list. Ringing in at No. 2 in employee rating was Bain & Company at 4.45. The No. 3 slot belonged to Ultimate Software at 4.4.

All three companies fell out of our top-15 list due to relatively low salaries and few open positions.

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