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LinkedIn: These are the companies that people most want to work

BY Marianne Wilson

When it comes to the 50 most desired places of employment, tech companies are the leaders of the pack and retailers are nowhere to be seen — with one big exception.

That’s according to job site LinkedIn’s fourth annual “Top Companies” ranking, which reveals the 50 companies where Americans want to want — and stay around once they are in — at this moment in time. Alphabet (parent company of Google) claimed the top spot, followed by Facebook, Amazon (#1 last year), Salesforce and Deloitte.

Rounding out the top 10 were Uber, Apple, Airbnb, Oracle and Dell Technologies. (To see all 50 companies, click here.)

The LinkedIn ranking is based on analysis across four categories: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. (Notably, LinkedIn and its parent company, Microsoft, are excluded from all LinkedIn Lists.)

Here are some interesting stats on the top 10 companies:

• Google is investing $13 billion to expand its U.S. footprint and by the end of this year will have a presence in 24 states.

• Job candidates at Facebook should be prepared to answer the social media giant’s most common interview question” On your very best day at work — the day you come home and think you have the best job in the world — what did you do that day?

• The job functions with the most new hires at Amazon are operations, engineering and sales.

• Salesforce has over 4,000 open roles across the U.S. and not all require a college degree.

• Apple plans to create 20,000 new jobs over the next five years across its existing campuses and will invest $1 billion to build an all-new campus in Austin.

• Airbnb encourages its employees to get out of the office and into the world with $500 in employee travel credits each quarter.

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