Google is the preferred employer among tech professionals in the United States, ranking first place in the inaugural Dice Ideal Employer report. Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook complete the Dice Ideal Employer top five.
Seventy-eight percent of tech professionals who selected Google as an ideal employer thought that the company’s competitive salaries and innovation were their best strengths. When ranked by vertical industry, Walt Disney tops the list of ideal tech employers in the consumer market, IBM in business services, JP Morgan in finance, UnitedHealth Group in healthcare, and Tesla in transportation.
"The Dice Ideal Employer rankings can inform employer brand strategies for companies that aim to be among next year's Ideal Employers," said Michael Durney, president and CEO of DHI Group, parent company of Dice, a tech career hub. "The message from tech professionals to employers is clear - what professionals want most is opportunity – opportunity represented by interesting work, competitive salary and being part of a successful, innovative company.”
When asked what matters most to them in an Ideal Employer, tech professionals reported: 1) competitive salary (84% stated this was very important), 2) challenging work (83%), 3) benefits (82%), 4) positive organizational culture (81%) and 5) open/transparent communication (80%).
Dice surveyed more than 5,000 tech professionals in the US between June and August 2017 and received nearly 16,000 votes from across more than 3,000 companies. With more than 3,000 companies receiving votes, companies of all sizes received votes, but voting was concentrated around larger employers. Respondents were asked what would be their top three choices for the most desirable company for which to work. Respondents also ranked 21 different employer/job attributes based on their importance to them. Next, they rated each Ideal Employer on these same attributes.