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Employees say these are amazing places to work

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Some people just can't wait to get to the office.

That tends to be true if you appreciate your employer's culture, according to a recent report from job review website Glassdoor. It recently pulled together a list of top companies to work for based on employee reviews.

"Company culture is the number one factor leading to job satisfaction over the long term," said Jessica Jaffe, a Glassdoor spokeswoman. "We wanted to highlight companies whose employees rank that culture highly."

A company's culture includes career opportunities, work-life balance, and firm vision, for the purposes of the study. Compensation and benefits were excluded from consideration under "culture and values," as Glassdoor measures these separately.

In order to be considered in Glassdoor's list, firms needed to have a culture and values rating of at least 4.0 and required a minimum of 30 reviews posted from August 2015 to August 2016.

The nine companies here are listed in order of their overall culture and values ratings and alphabetically when there was a tie.

Good news for job seekers, all these companies are hiring, according to Glassdoor.

-By CNBC's Darla Mercado
Posted on 21 September 2016


Lunchtime at Pinterest.
Source: Pinterest | Glassdoor

The three words employees use most frequently in their reviews of the craft-oriented social media company are "innovative, productive and inspiring," Jaffe said. "The mission there is to help people discover things they love."

Pinterest employees rated the company a 4.0 out of 5 on culture and values.

New Balance

An employee checks a pair of New Balance 993 shoes at the New Balance shoe factory in Norridgewock, Maine.
Joel Page | The Washington Post | Getty Images

This Boston-based sports apparel company received a culture and values rating of 4.1. "They have a motto of encouraging employees to listen, learn and refine," Jaffe said.

Workers here call out management for being attentive to feedback and providing flexible work schedules as well as for being fitness-oriented.

It probably helps that employees are eligible for discounts and they occasionally get to meet professional athletes, she said.


Dragon Crew evaluation tests.
Source: SpaceX | Glassdoor

Workers at Elon Musk's space exploration firm gave the Hawthorne, California, company a culture rating of 4.1. Much of that appears to be tied into the unique mission at the company.

"Employees report a sense of purpose at work, and they appreciate working alongside the brightest minds," Jaffe said. "You're literally enabling humans to go to Mars."

Trader Joe's

Employees at the new Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, checkout the crowd before opening the doors for the grand opening of specialty grocer.
RJ Sangosti | The Denver Post | Getty Images

Employees gave the Monrovia, California-based supermarket a 4.1 rating. "They receive kudos for management valuing their crew members," said Jaffe.

Customer relations and friendly staff were pointed out by employees, she said. "You have happy customers, employees who are happy and a supportive management culture," Jaffe said. "That makes it a unique retail environment to work in."

E. & J. Gallo Winery

E&J Gallo sales team.
Source: E&J Gallo | Glassdoor

Employees of the Modesto, California-based winery gave the firm a rating of 4.4 out of five.

Reviews praise the company's caring environment and its inclination to invest in its employees. Above all, however, it's fun to work there, Jaffe said.

Centric Consulting

Centric Consulting summer meeting held in Detroit Redwings Arena.
Source: Centric Consulting | Glassdoor

Employees of the Dayton, Ohio-based business consulting firm rated the company a 4.6 out of five.

Workers who have reviewed the company on Glassdoor highlighted Centric's supportive community and family-like culture. "People there care deeply about work and each other," said Jaffe.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Source: St. Jude's | Glassdoor

The Memphis-based hospital, which specializes in treating childhood cancer, received a culture and values rating of 4.6 out of five.

Employees appreciate working for a company with a humanitarian goal. At St. Jude, the goal is to treat childhood diseases without charging families for the help they receive.

"It's a real feel-good organization, and workers like being part of a company that's helping families," said Jaffe.


EverFi team celebrating 1,000,000 students.
Source: EverFi | Glassdoor

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., EverFi provides online education courses through 12th grade and college, including courses for adults on financial literacy. Workers gave the firm a 4.9 rating out of five for culture and values.

Employees cited transparency from management, work-from-home policies, and the greater end-goal of education. "They work with inner-city schools all over the country," said Jaffe of Glassdoor. "That mission appeals to employees."


Madwire breakout area
Source: Madwire | Glassdoor

Employees at the Fort Collins, Colorado-based digital marketing company rated it a near-perfect 4.9.

"People who work here have something special to bring to the workplace," said Jaffe. "Someone described it being like a puzzle piece: When they all pull together, they work out really well."

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