It’s now a widely held belief that culture is the prime driver of organizational performance, with many companies confirming that more than anything else culture exerts the most powerful influence over behavior. What is it and why is it important? There isn’t a single directive or definition of what culture looks like in the workplace—each organization works differently to craft their own unique culture code—but as ex-IBM CEO Louis Gerstner explained in his account of his tenure at IBM, “culture isn’t just one aspect of the game; it is the game.” So who are some of the top companies considered most desirable to work for in terms of culture and values?
Glassdoor describes themselves as “the world’s most transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent. With a database of over 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more, all of this information is shared entirely by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobs and you have a powerful resource for seeing which employers are hiring, what it’s really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn.” Using their database, they recently compiled a list of the Top 25 Companies to work for, which by no means is exhaustive but certainly a good place to start if you’re looking to find the perfect culture fit.