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The 50 Best Companies To Work For in 2016, According To Their Employees

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Although you'd much rather get a job taking Instagram photos for Netflix or traveling the world drinking beer, you've probably settled for, you know, a real job. But just because you're not living the dream of sipping craft brews for money (yet!), doesn't mean you have to drag yourself to a boring 9-to-5 that constantly makes you want to, well, drink lots of beer. That's perhaps why Indeed has released a new list of the 50 top companies to work for, according to employees who actually don't mind working for them.

Leading the list this year is software-as-a-service company, Salesforce, which Indeed suggests is due to its "disruptive" and innovative business model centered on cloud-based enterprise software. Bigger tech companies like Apple and Google (Alphabet) placed high on the list, taking the No. 9 and No. 6 spots respectively, while Southwest AirlinesAnadarko Petroleum CorporationPioneer Natural ResourcesPhillip Morris International filled out the top five. Meanwhile, older and more traditional companies appeared in the top 10, like The J.M. Smucker Company (No. 7) and Eli Lilly (No. 8). 

“It turns out that companies willing to challenge old school business models also are willing to extend this philosophy to their corporate culture and benefits,” Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed, said in a press release. “Millennials, now the largest percentage of the workforce, prefer working for industry disruptors and their progressive cultures, which provide things like flexible work arrangements, flat organizational structures and on-site amenities.” 

For example, Southwest Airlines workers praised the company for its tendency to "spoil its employees" with perks and benefits like free food, free travel (including children and spouses), and company parties. Overall, the culture and quality of the companies' work environment correlated with higher scores than their compensation packages. If you've ever worked at a place with an open beer keg, ping pong tables, and and endless snacks throughout the office, this should make a lot of sense. 

Indeed has the full list and more info over at its website, but here's the top 25:

25. Texas Instruments, Inc.
24. Hess Corporation
23. Charles Schwab
22. Viacom
21. JetBlue Airways Corporation
20. Bristol-Meyers Squibb
19. Intel
18. Netflix
17. Delta
16. Ford Motor Company
15. Agilent 
14. Costco Wholesale
13. NIKE
12. Pfizer Inc.
11.  Colgate-Palmolive
10. EOG Resources
9. Apple
8. Eli Lilly
7. The J.M. Smucker Company
6. Google (Alphabet)
5. Phillip Morris International
4. Pioneer Natural Resources
3. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
2. Southwest Airlines
1. Salesforce

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and actually didn't realize that writing a public review about your employer is as big a thing as it is. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.