San Francisco — a city known for its beautiful weather, cable cars, golden gate bridge, diversity, and delicious food has been an attraction not just for tourists but for working professionals. The San Francisco Bay area is home to the world’s leading tech companies like Apple, Netflix, Google, and Facebook. It’s a hub of technology and entrepreneurship. The Bay Area also has the second highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
The following is a list of the best companies to work for in the San Francisco Bay Area. This list is based on employee surveys and other extensive metrics.
Salesforce is a leading provider of the cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. CRM is an integrated platform that helps organizations manage their customers in an efficient way. The platform keeps track of new sales and customers by managing customer data, interacting with customers, and providing them necessary support.
Salesforce employees work in a healthy culture of trust, innovation, equality and growth. Salesforce was ranked #1 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® in 2018 and #2 in year 2019.
Salesforce employees get seven days of paid time off per year to volunteer for their favorite charities. The company has created a Futureforce University Recruiting Program which prioritizes and offers opportunities to students pursuing an advanced degree in any of the Salesforce fields (Data science, product marketing, corporate development).In addition, Employees get college tuition reimbursement, 28 days paid time off, free lunch, snacks, and an on-site fitness gym.
Workday Inc. is a provider of cloud based financial management and human capital management (workforce planning, talent management, payroll) for companies of all sizes, including educational institutions and government agencies.
Some of the perks employees can enjoy include an employee stock purchase plan where employees can buy Workday stock at a discounted price, commuter programs (public transit and parking fees), and Workday covers most of the employee’s and their dependent’s health coverage. Workday employees can access onsite health and wellness programs such as health assessment, fitness discounts, monthly chair massages, yoga, and community runs. Employees also participate in sports clubs like hockey, skiing, cycling, rugby, basketball, softball, golf, and soccer. Additionally, every year there is a Bring Your Dog to Workday party.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte) is not one big company but a multinational firm covering multiple countries and regions around the world. Under Deloitte’s umbrella reside professionals from around the world who collaborate so they can provide services like consulting, risk management, financial and tax services. Each member firm provides services based on the geographical area and follows the laws of that area.
Deloitte hires top talent and values its employees by providing a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and development.
Deloitte bagged a lot of awards in 2019. It was ranked #4 iin Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services, #38 in Best Workplaces for Women, #8 in Best Workplaces for Parents, #26 in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and #31 in PEOPLE’s Companies that Care in 2019.
Deloitte’s Total Rewards and Benefits program offers a variety of programs and resources for employee support and growth. Deloitte grants up to 16 weeks of paid family leave, 26 weeks of paid maternity leave and 5-10 days of paternity leave. The company covers 100% of medical and 50% of qualifying health and fitness expenses. The employees also get counseling and therapy services through the company’s Live Well Program.
Other benefits include discount programs where employees can access discounts on restaurants, movie tickets, vacations, and retail stores.
Cisco was founded in 1984 by Leonard Bosack and his wife Sandy Lerner who were then employed at Stanford University. The couple wanted to email each other from different buildings, but there was no technology to support them. They decided to solve that problem by creating a multiprotocol router system to create a local area connection between disparate networks. The idea became an instant success and Cisco became one of the leading manufacturers of Network Hardware in the Bay Area.
The company is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. They manufacture and sell networking hardware (switches, routers), telecommunications equipment, and security products (threat management). They specialize in Internet of Things (IoT), domain security, and energy management.
The company grants employees 36 days PTO, employee stock exchange, tuition reimbursement, employee discount programs, and flexible work hours.
Employees also get 40 hours of paid time off per year for volunteer services. In addition, they enjoy a “Fun Fund” each quarter to spend on celebrations and fun activities. At Cisco, you can even take your birthday off!
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies that offers products and services in Medical and Surgical equipment, Orthopaedics, and Neurotechnology. In 2019, the company celebrated its 40th anniversary as a publicly-traded company. Their mission is to promote global health through efficient resourcefulness and improved safety.
Stryker was featured on Fortune’s 2019 “100 Best Companies to Work For”list. They were also a winner in Gallup’s Great Workplace Award.
Employees at Stryker get healthcare, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and life insurance, free food, flexible work hours, 401(k) savings, tuition reimbursement, and adoption assistance.
6. Slalom LLC
Slalom is a business and technology consulting firm. It aims to transform technology and business through services like customer experience, business advisory, and technology.
Slalom was ranked #48 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019. The company was also ranked #14 on Glassdoor’s 2019 “Best Places to Work” list. Slalom’s CEO, Brad Jackson, was awarded Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award and made it to the “Top CEOs” list of 2019.
Slalom offers flexible work options for its employees with generous paid holidays and PTO. They provide education, training, tuition, and certification reimbursement. They also provide career planning and coaching benefits. Employees can participate in health and wellness programs and have access to an onsite gym.
7. Cooley LLP
Cooley LLP is an American International law firm which provides services for venture capitalists, life science companies, and emerging technology startups. The firm is known for its practices in fields such as public markets, cyber data privacy, litigation, intellectual property, financial services, security practices, and retail.
Cooley was featured in Fortune’s categories of “Best Workplaces for Women”, “Best Workplaces for Flexibility”, “Best Workplaces for Giving Back”, and “Best Workplaces for Parents”.
The company provides many great benefits for its employees. Employees get 20 weeks of paid parental leave. The work hours are flexible as well as accommodating.
Other perks include Leverage Concierge – which means free unlimited referrals for personal services like entertainment, accommodation, travel, and vacation planning. There are also on-site massages and dry cleaning services. Employees get free personalized health coaching with a licenced health physician who works with employees in areas like weight management, diet and nutrition, stress management, and exercise/fitness.
Adobe is the dream company for all graphic designers and art enthusiasts out there. Adobe offers many creative multimedia applications bundled together as Adobe Creative Suite which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat.
Adobe ranked #30 on the Glassdoor’s 2019 “Best Places to Work” and #20 Foon rtune’s list of “Best 100 Companies” in 2019.
Employees enjoy many perks, including flexible PTO, 4-week sabbatical after five years of employment, education and learning funds (reimbursement of $10,000 USD a year). Employees also get subsidized wellness dollars that they can use for gym memberships and massages. In addition, they get discounts on Adobe products and Adobe shares (15% below market value).
Eventbrite is a growing tech company in the bay area. The company provides an online event management and ticketing platform where people can find local events and purchase tickets to those events.
In 2018, Eventbrite was recognized by Great Place to Work with a 90% employee approval rating.
The “britelings,” as the employees call themselves, enjoy many perks including free catered lunches, on-site yoga, flexible time-off policy, 401k, pension plans, and employee health and wellness programs.
KPMG — Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, is a multinational professional services company. It is one of the Big Four accounting organizations including Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Ernst & Young (EY). KPMG provides financial audit, tax and advisory services to organizations around the world, including big and small businesses, government and public sectors, and non-profit organizations.
KPMG values its culture and employee’s individuality, innovation, diversit,y and talent. The company was featured in FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For List” in 2019. It is also certified in Great Places to Work with an employee approval rating of 88%.
KPMG provides its employees with 50% 401(k) match on eligible contributions, up to $700 annual deposit in Health Saving Account, initial $7,000 credit, annual pension service, and interest credits, and subsidized health care coverage. Employees also get free lunches and snacks.
The company provides resources and opportunities for employees to expand their skill set and knowledge through formal education and training programs, leadership development opportunities, and one-on-one coaching and mentoring.