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The 40 most attractive employers in America, according to LinkedIn

In the fierce battle for talent, we have a winner: Google.

The search giant claimed the top spot in LinkedIn's first-ever release of its Top Attractors list, which includes a ranking of the 40 most sought-after employers in America.

LinkedIn used its extensive data from more than 433 million members to craft the list, which was created using data on job applications, views on companies' career pages, member engagement and retention of new hires.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, tech companies, known for high growth coupled with lucrative perks (hello, free food!), snagged 45 percent of the top spots in the U.S.

Read below for the full rankings of the top 40:

40. Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley building in New York
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Morgan Stanley building in New York

Morgan Stanley is one of just two Wall Street banks that cracked LinkedIn's top 40 in the U.S. With roughly 55,000 workers, Morgan Stanley touts high pay. Based on filings, LinkedIn says employees took home an average of $284,891 last year.

39. Yelp

A Yelp shirt rests on an employees chair at the Yelp Inc. offices in Chicago, Illinois
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A Yelp shirt rests on an employees chair at the Yelp Inc. offices in Chicago, Illinois

One former Yelp employee recently made headlines went she penned an open letter to the CEO complaining about low pay; she was subsequently fired for unrelated reasons. The chief executive, Jeremy Stoppelman, took to Twitter and acknowledged that the cost of living in San Francisco was too high and highlighted his efforts to lessen this burden for employees.

The company also emphasizes the diversity of its workforce. In fact, 45 percent of employees at the manager level and above are women. Among the perks Yelp offers are gym subsidies, unlimited snacks and health-care benefits.

38. Cisco

Cisco Systems headquarters in Feltham, United Kingdom
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Cisco Systems headquarters in Feltham, United Kingdom

Founded in 1984, the technology company has more than 71,000 employees. Cisco offers several programs to help employees maintain work-life balance, including fitness centers, adoption support and child care services.

37. Fox

Fox camera operator sits above the crowd during a sports event.
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Fox camera operator sits above the crowd during a sports event.

The Fortune 500 company reaches nearly 1.5 billion customers in more than 50 countries. Perks at its Fox Studios lot in California include a car wash, salon services, employee movie screenings and discounted food.

36. Leidos

Leidos employees during a presentation.
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Leidos employees during a presentation.

Headquartered in Reston, Virigina, Leidos has 18,000 workers and generates the majority of its revenue from government contracts. About 40 percent of its workers hold degrees in the STEM fields.

35. HBO

The HBO entrance at the New York office
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The HBO entrance at the New York office

With about 127 million subscribers across the globe, HBO sells programming in more than 150 countries under the HBO and Cinemax umbrellas. Perks at the company include tuition reimbursement, an on-call tailor and intramural sports.

34. Live Nation

Diddy performs onstage during the Puff Daddy and The Family Bad Boy Reunion Tour presented by Ciroc Vodka And Live Nation at Barclays Center in New York.
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Diddy performs onstage during the Puff Daddy and The Family Bad Boy Reunion Tour presented by Ciroc Vodka And Live Nation at Barclays Center in New York.

The live event and ticketing business offers workers access to events through its employee ticket concierge. The company has jobs in five areas: concert promotion and venue operation, sponsorship and advertising, ticketing, e-commerce and artist management.

33. Viacom

The Viacom lobby in New York office
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The Viacom lobby in New York office

Even as a very public internal struggle for power plays out at the media giant, Viacom remains a highly sought-after place to work. The company's media brands include networks targeted at a wide range of audiences — from MTV to Nickelodeon.

32. Splunk

Splunk mascot Buttercup watches over an employee party
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Splunk mascot Buttercup watches over an employee party

Splunk has one of the smaller workforces on the LinkedIn list, with more than 2,700 employees worldwide. The company's generous benefits include three weeks of paid time off plus a week of sick leave, commuter benefits and education reimbursement.

31. Starbucks

A Starbucks barista prepares a cup of coffee
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A Starbucks barista prepares a cup of coffee

The coffee brand is known nearly as much for its perks as for its java. Employees who clock in 20 or more hours per week get access to a range of benefits, including bonuses, discounted stock purchase options, adoption assistance and enrollment in the Starbucks College Achievement plan with full tuition reimbursement for each year of college completed through Arizona State University's online programs.

30. The Estée Lauder Companies

A Clinique consultant associate assists a client with make up products
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A Clinique consultant associate assists a client with make up products

The beauty brand has 44,000 workers. It offers programs to help workers develop the skills that are key to their long-term success.

29. Edelman

Edelman employees in the Austin, Texas office
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Edelman employees in the Austin, Texas office

At Edelman, which operates under an opening seating plan, even the CEO works from a cubicle. Its generous perks include flexible work arrangements, family leave for elder care emergencies, pet and child adoption assistance and the "Edelman Escape" program, which offers select employees one-week sabbaticals and $1,500 to pursue a dream or goal that will enrich their lives.

28. Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle employees rest in the lounge
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Jones Lang LaSalle employees rest in the lounge

The only real estate services firm to make the list, Jones Lang LaSalle employs 58,000 people and specializes in investment management and services for the commercial real estate industry.

27. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs employees take a walk in the New York office
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Goldman Sachs employees take a walk in the New York office

Although Wall Street has long been known for its generous pay and bonuses, overall compensation and benefits actually declined by about $270 million last year. Still, the average Goldman worker took home a hefty $345,000 last year, a large package for employees able to snag one of these competitive positions.

26. McKesson

McKesson employees take a walk to the campus entrance
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McKesson employees take a walk to the campus entrance

It's no surprise the medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and health services company has a bevy of benefits tied to keeping employees healthier. Among them are free biometric screenings, gym discounts and a free activity tracker linked to its wellness program.

25. Box

Box employees in the Redwood City, California office
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Box employees in the Redwood City, California office

Like many tech companies, file-sharing firm Box offers a number of perks to draw talent in. These include "free lunch and fully stocked kitchens with lots of snacks and drinks," a shuttle to and from San Francisco, weekly yoga classes and a subsidized gym membership.

24. Deloitte

Deloitte employees perform community service
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Deloitte employees perform community service

The consultant firm offers employees health and fitness subsidies, sabbaticals and flexible work options. Bonus: For employees who travel often, those frequent flier miles and hotel points quickly add up. The company remains firmly committed to developing talent with a $300 million strategic investment in Deloitte University.

23. McKinsey

McKinsey employees gathering during a lunch break
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McKinsey employees gathering during a lunch break

McKinsey managed to top its consultant rival Deloitte in the rankings. The firm has more than 9,000 consultants. One key perk at the company is its "Take Time" program, which offers workers an extra five to 10 weeks each year to pursue interests and passions.

22. Dell

Dell employees work in a computer lab
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Dell employees work in a computer lab

At the computer technology company, flexibility is king. Dell's goal is to have 50 percent of its global employees working flexible schedules by 2020, Steve Price, senior vice president of human resources, told Fast Company. Currently, about a quarter have already made these arrangements.

21. Epsilon

Epsilon Marketing building
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Epsilon Marketing building

The marketing company regularly lands on lists of best places to work. It employs more than 7,000 people in 70 offices.

20. Coca-Cola

Bottles are stacked by a Coca Cola employee in the Mexico City, Mexico factory
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Bottles are stacked by a Coca Cola employee in the Mexico City, Mexico factory

Perks include a credit union, a matching gift program, education benefits and more for its workforce of more than 120,000 people worldwide.

19. BlackRock

BlackRock employees gather for a meeting in the New York office
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BlackRock employees gather for a meeting in the New York office

The financial planning and investment management company has more than 12,000 employees. It stresses the three "Es" in career development: experience learned on the job, exposure to coaching and networking, and education through online courses and in-person reading and classes.

18. Tableau

Tableau employees celebrate Earth Day by performing community service
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Tableau employees celebrate Earth Day by performing community service

The business intelligence and analytics software company is on the smaller side of those mentioned on the list, with more than 3,000 employees. Expect office parties and a start-up feel.

17. Under Armour

Women take a spin class at a gym on the Under Armour campus in Baltimore, Maryland
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Women take a spin class at a gym on the Under Armour campus in Baltimore, Maryland

The athletic apparel retailer's perks go beyond just discounts on merchandise: Try homebuying assistance, a stock purchase plan and generous financial benefits geared toward keeping employees healthy.

16. Pandora

Employees have a meeting in the Pandora Media Inc. offices in Oakland, California
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Employees have a meeting in the Pandora Media Inc. offices in Oakland, California

At Pandora, employees can join one of a number of employee recourse groups, including ones geared toward rock climbers, runners and even vegan philosophers. Each year, employees get 40 hours of paid time off to volunteer.

15. Workday

A workday employee poses for a photo in the headquarters located in Pleasanton, California
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A workday employee poses for a photo in the headquarters located in Pleasanton, California

Even your dog is welcome at the enterprise cloud application provider's Pleasanton, California, Salt Lake City and Victoria, British Columbia, offices. Workday emphasizes its fun work environment, including its sports teams, Friday cocktail hours and foosball competitions.

14. Adobe

Adobe Systems employees at the company's headquarters building in San Jose, California
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Adobe Systems employees at the company's headquarters building in San Jose, California

From on-site massages to bike commute reimbursement to matching for employee charity contributions, Adobe offers several perks that entice talent to join the maker of Photoshop and Acrobat.

13. Visa

Visa employees listen during a staff meeting at the corporate headquarters in Foster City, California
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Visa employees listen during a staff meeting at the corporate headquarters in Foster City, California

The global payments company employs 10,000 workers in more than 200 countries and territories. One of its more unusual employee benefits is genetic cancer screening.

12. Stryker

Stryker employees pose for a photo during a company outing.
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Stryker employees pose for a photo during a company outing.

The medical device and equipment manufacturer has 12 divisions and facilities spread across eight countries. More than 26,000 workers are at the company, which has seen 35 straight years of sales growth.

11. Netflix

Netflix staff in the war room ready for the launch of the second season of original series Daredevil at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California
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Netflix staff in the war room ready for the launch of the second season of original series Daredevil at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California

Freedom and responsibility — these values are critical to Netflix's work culture, which values transparency and avoids control. The company is also well-known for not measuring workers by how many hours they're on the clock or how much face time they put in. Instead, Netflix cares about results.

10. Airbnb

Employees of online service Airbnb work in the Paris office.
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Employees of online service Airbnb work in the Paris office.

Since coming on the scene in 2008, Airbnb has changed the way people vacation. It now boasts more than 2 million listings in more than 34,000 cities. Perks include annual travel credit, daily meals and snacks, and paid volunteer time.

9. Twitter

Twitter employees take a lunch break in a rest room at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California
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Twitter employees take a lunch break in a rest room at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stresses the importance of hiring people that reflect a company's customers.

"That's critical, but any time you bring together a bunch of different perspectives, creativity ensues," he said at a conference in October.

Twitter's juicier perks included 20 weeks of paid parental leave.

8. Tesla

Workers at Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, California.
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Workers at Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, California.

Based in the Bay Area with offices in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, Tesla is hiring for a variety of technical and nontechnical positions. The vast majority are located at the Tesla Factory, where its Model S and Model X cars are produced.

7. Microsoft

Meeting of Microsoft Cortanas writing team on campus in Redmond,Washington
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Meeting of Microsoft Cortanas writing team on campus in Redmond,Washington

With a deal to acquire LinkedIn expected to close this year, Microsoft's massive workforce is about to balloon even more. Some of Microsoft's more offbeat perks include physician house calls in the Seattle area, up to $9,000 in 401(k) contributions and sports equipment to check out.

It has generous time-off allowances — to the tune of 15 paid vacation days, 10 paid sick-leave days and 10 paid U.S. holidays, plus two personal days.

6. Uber

Uber employees work on their laptops inside the offices of Uber Technologies Inc. at Factory Berlin tech hub in Berlin, Germany
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Uber employees work on their laptops inside the offices of Uber Technologies Inc. at Factory Berlin tech hub in Berlin, Germany

Uber is out to change how people get around worldwide, with a workforce located in more than 475 cities across the globe.

5. Amazon.com

An Amazon.com Inc. employee lifts a box from a conveyor at the company's fulfillment center in Tracy, California
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An Amazon.com Inc. employee lifts a box from a conveyor at the company's fulfillment center in Tracy, California

Amazon.com has a reputation for being a demanding workplace with a heightened emphasis on efficiency and relentless focus on improving the customer experience. The e-commerce retailer recently committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses during the next five years.

4. Apple

Workers at Apple Store in Zorlu Center in Istanbul.
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Workers at Apple Store in Zorlu Center in Istanbul.

Apple has a number of roles available at the company, including corporate, Apple Store and at-home advisor positions. CEO Tim Cook recently highlighted the company's 65 percent increase in female hires, a notable jump in the male-dominated tech world.

3. Facebook

Facebook employees work on their laptops in European headquarters at Hanover Quay in Dublin, Ireland
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Facebook employees work on their laptops in European headquarters at Hanover Quay in Dublin, Ireland

Facebook has come a long way from its Harvard dorm room roots and now employs more than 13,000 workers. Perks at its North American offices include cash to help with newborn expenses, transportation support and what seems like a start-up prerequisite — free meals and snacks.

2. Salesforce

Salesforce employees play at a Foosball Table at the Headquarters in San Francisco, California
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Salesforce employees play at a Foosball Table at the Headquarters in San Francisco, California

The enterprise cloud computing company consistently ranks among the best places to work. It offers uncapped commissions, seven days off per year to volunteer, $100 in monthly wellness reimbursements, dog-friendly offices and more.

1. Google

Google office
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Google office

With millions of applications each year, Google can afford to be picky. For the lucky few who do make the cut, Google's perks are second to none. They include everything from on-site coding and cooking classes to massage services and death benefits.

And there's even more good news for prospective applicants: Those infamous brainteaser interview questions have gone out the window.

See LinkedIn's full coverage of the Top Attractors here.

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Correction: Salesforce gives employees seven days off per year to volunteer. An earlier version misstated the number of days.