- Global realtor Keller Williams took the number-one spot for best culture in Indeed's Top-rated Workplaces for 2018. Rounding out the top five were In-N-Out Burger, Total Quality Logistics, Vans and supermarket chain HEB. Keller Williams was chosen for the high level of training it offers staff, who described the company as having a supportive team environment; great management; unlimited earning potential; and operating with integrity, honesty and friendliness.
- Employees described some of the other winning companies as offering flexible work schedules, quality food, competitive pay, great health benefits, internal promotions, extensive training and mentorships, sports and recreational perks, equity in the company, volunteering and community service opportunities, and transparent information on race, gender and pay to end inequalities.
- According to Indeed, winning companies represented a vast rage of industries, including tech, fast food, real estate, transportation and community-oriented nonprofits.
Employers can use "best places to work" lists to gauge their own culture. In assembling data to rank companies, Indeed asked employees to review their workplaces. The workers revealed measures their employers have taken to keep them satisfied — measures that, in turn, have made them more engaged, committed and productive at work.
Employers that offer career development opportunities can stay competitive in the battle for talent. Studies show that many employees feel satisfied with their current jobs in nearly all aspects except career development. And although career opportunities typically rank third or fourth among employees' preferences, development can determine where employees choose to work in a tight labor market.
Employees value organizations that offer volunteer opportunities and support causes, too. These types of companies stand out with current employees and job seekers. As organizations focus on cultivating positive branding and building supportive cultures, they should also consider their role as good corporate citizens.