The 15 best places to work in 2017

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A great career involves a lot more than a good salary. In fact, many workers would be willing to take a salary cut in exchange for long-term job security, flexible office hours or good mentorship opportunities.

So what companies offer these benefits?

The team at job postings side Indeed looked at thousands of anonymous, employee-submitted reviews to find out. Researchers ranked companies in the Fortune 500 based on a weighted average of reviews employee-submitted reviews of features such as work-life balance, culture, management and pay.

Here are Indeed's top 15 places to work in 2017:

1. Salesforce

San Francisco, California

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"Everyone is not only extremely smart and creative but also very friendly and helpful," one senior associate manager writes. "The CEO is inspiring and supports causes that I care about, such as equal rights and pay."

2. Southwest Airlines

Dallas, Texas

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Southwest Airlines "always shows its appreciation for all their employees do," one customer support representative writes.

3. JetBlue Airways

Long Island City, New York

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"Constant changes keep you on your toes, but also keep you learning and adapting," one customer support representative writes. "I learned excellent customer service at the airline."

4. Facebook

Menlo Park, California

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"They give you opportunities to become a better version of yourself, which gives them the return of a happy, more proficient employee," one former employee writes.

5. Google

Mountain View, California

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"Google will provide you an opportunity to work with some of the brightest in the industry," writes one recruiter. "They also foster an inclusive work space and encourage everyone to have their voice heard."

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6. CenterPoint Energy

Houston, Texas

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Many employees cite good pay and "great job security" at the company.

7. DTE Energy

Detroit, Michigan

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"If you want a high paying job with great benefits and job security, then it's a great place to work," one former manager writes.

8. Nike

Beaverton, Oregon

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"You get cross trained in every department," one cashier writes, saying that the company is "very family oriented."

8. Apple

Cupertino, California

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"This is an awesome place to work," one lead software engineer writes. "The work environment is friendly. Benefits are awesome."

Note: Nike and Apple tied for No. 8

10. The Walt Disney Company

Burbank, California

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"Management works well with employees and treats everyone in a professional manner," one employee writes, citing "tons of activities within the company to build professional and social relationships."

11. Delta

Atlanta, Georgia

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"The workplace culture is positive and energetic," one customer service agent writes.

12. Costco Wholesale

Issaquah, Washington

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"The health benefits and other benefits that Costco offers to the employees are great," a certified pharmacy technician writes.

13. Discovery Communications

Silver Spring, Maryland

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"The environment is very welcoming and family-oriented with a sense of wanting to help one another in any way they can," one global technology and operations worker writes. "It's a fun place to be and great company to work for when working within the corporate structure."

14. Johnson & Johnson

New Brunswick, New Jersey

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"A typical day is fast paced and challenging," one training specialist writes. "I've learned that the sky is the limit regarding opportunities, the culture at J&J supports a strong work and family balance."

15. Chevron

San Ramon, California

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"The managers and supervisors actually care about their employees," one former cashier writes. "There are multiple opportunities for advancement."

See Indeed's full list of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2017 here.

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