Apple is no longer part of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work ranking
For more than a decade, Apple was considered one of the best companies to work for, consistently topping Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work list. However, Glassdoor’s 2023 rankings just came out, and surprisingly, Apple is no longer on that list.
As noted by CNBC, two major tech companies are missing from Glassdoor’s 2023 list of the 100 best places to work: Apple and Meta. Both companies have always been ranked in recent years, but this time something has changed. More specifically, both companies stopped performing well in Glassdoor’s rankings last year.
In 2021, Meta ranked 11th, while Apple ranked 31st. But in 2022, the companies fell significantly to #47 and #56, respectively. Glassdoor’s ranking is based on reviews posted by employees of these companies on the platform. For the 2023 rankings, Glassdoor analyzed “hundreds of thousands” of companies with at least 1,000 employees between October 2021 and October 2022.
Glassdoor Chief Economist Daniel Zhao says the absence of Apple and Meta from this year’s ranking is “quite surprising,” as both companies have never been off the list in the past decade. Apple, for example, has been on the list for the past 15 years, while Meta (formerly Facebook) has been on the list since 2011 and has even been number one in the past.
That’s not to say that Meta and Apple are bad places to work, just that they’ve fallen off a bit given how competitive the list is this year.
The economist argues that Apple and Meta have faced challenges when it comes to the treatment of their employees in recent years, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple, for example, has established a stricter remote work policy than other Silicon Valley companies. Many key employees left the company after it required them to work in person at least three days a week.
On the other hand, Meta has announced a mass layoff in November 2022. 13% of Meta’s employees have been laid off as the company’s revenue has fallen. Of course, this has also left the employees who continue to work there worried about possible further mass departures. Meta’s revenue fell 4% in the third quarter of 2022 to $27.71 billion.
Although many companies are going through a tough time following the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing war, not to mention inflation affecting the entire world, some companies are handling the situation better than others. And when it comes to managing employees, it seems that Apple and Meta have a harder time than their competitors.
In May 2022, Apple’s director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, left the company due to his disagreement with the in-person work policy. In 2021, many Apple executives also left the company due to Apple’s back-to-office policy. Since Apple doesn’t want to relax its remote work policies while other companies do, it’s no wonder that its employees are unhappy with the company.
Unfortunately, at the same time, Apple was accused by many employers last year of not handling reports of sexual harassment at work in the best way. Unless Apple wants to change the way it operates, it looks set to continue losing talent — and the good opinion its employees have of the company.
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