By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

All employees want to work for the best companies, and all companies want to be regarded as a top company to work for.

LinkedIn recently unveiled a list of the top companies that LinkedIn members want to work for now. Using LinkedIn data, these are considered to be the best companies in the U.S. at attracting and keeping top talent.

“It’s the first-ever list that ranks the most sought-after companies by professionals in the world right now based on the billions of actions taken on LinkedIn by our 433+ million members,” says Catherine Fisher on the LinkedIn Official Blog.

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Here are the top companies that professionals want to work for:

  1. Google
  2. Salesforce
  3. Facebook
  4. Apple
  5. Amazon
  6. Uber
  7. Microsoft
  8. Tesla
  9. Twitter
  10. Airbnb
  11. Netflix
  12. Stryker
  13. Visa
  14. Adobe
  15. Workday
  16. Pandora
  17. Under Armour
  18. Tableau
  19. Black Rock
  20. Coca-Cola
  21. Epsilon
  22. Dell
  23. McKinsey & Co.
  24. Deloitte
  25. Box
  26. McKesson
  27. Goldman Sachs
  28. JLL
  29. Edelman
  30. Estee Lauder
  31. Starbucks
  32. Splunk
  33. Viacom
  34. Live Nation
  35. HBO
  36. Leidos
  37. Fox
  38. Cisco
  39. Yelp
  40. Morgan Stanley


It’s no surprise that internet, technology and entertainment companies make up the bulk of the list, especially the top 10. Companies like Google and Facebook are well known for their unique and appealing organizational culture and employee perks.

How to Get a Job at the Best Companies to Work For


Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this LinkedIn study is not the just the list of companies to work for, but the insights they uncovered about what these companies look for in candidates during the recruiting process.

LinkedIn found that top companies want candidates who are:

1. Knowledgeable and passionate about the company brand: Companies want candidates who know the brand, use their products, and have a passion for the company mission and vision.

2. True to themselves: Companies are looking for people with a diverse skillset and perspective. They want people who think outside the box, are innovative, and creative.

3. Prepared and organized for the job interview: Companies want candidates who know their company, know the industry and know their strengths.

Learn More About Being a Top Candidate

If you want to stand out in the crowd and be a top candidate in your industry, here are some insightful blog posts from our recruiters that will help you with your career goals:

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Toronto. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell Executive Search

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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