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Google has been knocked off the top spot as the best place to work in the UK by travel website Expedia.

With an "inclusive work environment", "good company ethics" and "test and learn" mentality, the firm was hailed as the best place to work after a survey of thousands of employees by jobs search agency Glassdoor, despite offering fewer free perks than its predecessor. 

"Its great to be in a business that wants to drive change and manages to balance that global entrepreneurial drive," said one reviewer.

Google was praised for it's “very cool culture and offices to die for” last year but it dropped to eighth place in the new report.

It was topped by recruitment and human resources company Hays (second), digital agency AKQA (third) and engineering firm General Electric (fourth). 

Oxfam was the only charity on the list and it came in at number six and the London Underground made it in at 10th place. 

The top 25 included big names such as EasyJet (12), John Lewis (16) and Goldman Sachs (19).

An Alice in Wonderland themed meeting room at the Expedia offices in London

An Alice in Wonderland themed meeting room at the Expedia offices in London

Image: Instagram

While they may not live up to the free food and lush lounge areas at Google's headquarters, Expedia offers employees its own perks.

Staff are entitled to discounts on holidays and experiences and their offices boast plenty of character. At The Angel Building in London, workers can host meetings in an Alice in Wonderland inspired room, complete with mismatch clocks, teapot-shaped lights and flower power wallpaper, and eat in a diner-style canteen. 

There's also 'chill zone' with two arcade-style racing games.

A diner style canteen at the Expedia offices in London

A diner style canteen at the Expedia offices in London

Image: Instagram

The company also boasts a "you're more than just a number" approach to management. It has has scrapped performance ratings and reinvented their management program to focus on providing employees with ongoing feedback. 

Their employment packages also include a well-being initiative, which "offers information, resources and tools to create and maintain a well-balanced physical and mental lifestyle".

The 'chill zone' at the Expedia offices in London

The 'chill zone' at the Expedia offices in London

Image: Instagram

The results of Glassdoor's survey are based on anonymous employee insight and feedback shared with them over the course of the year.

Users were asked to rate how satisfied they were with their job overall, how well they felt their chief executive led the company, whether they would recommend their employer to a friend, as well as workplace attributes including career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values and work-life balance.

A total score out of 5 was then given to the top 25 companies.

Top 25 UK employers of 2015

  1. Expedia, 4.4
  2. Hays plc, 4.4
  3. AKQA, 4.2
  4. GE, 4.2
  5. Schuh Limited 4.1
  6. Oxfam 4.1
  7. ARM Holdings 4.1
  8. Google 4.1
  9. Unilever 4.0
  10. London Underground 4.0
  11. PageGroup, 3.9
  12. easyJet, 3.9
  13. Arup, 3.9
  14. Amec Foster Wheeler, 3.9
  15. Royal Dutch Shell, 3.9
  16. John Lewis, 3.9
  17. J.P. Morgan, 3.9
  18. Cisco Systems (Networking developer), 3.9
  19. Goldman Sachs, 3.9
  20. Credit Suisse, 3.9
  21. PwC (Professional services network), 3.8
  22. Yell, 3.8
  23. Procter & Gamble, 3.8
  24. Kantar Worldpanel, 3.8
  25. Waitrose, 3.8

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