Revealed: the 25 best companies to work for in 2017

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If 2017 is the year that you’ve resolved to brush up your CV and get properly on the job hunt, then stay tuned.

The list of the top UK companies to work at next year has just been revealed, and the front runners might surprise you.

Despite all the rumours we’ve heard of their super cool offices and relaxed working rules, Google has been knocked off the top spot again by travel company Expedia, who were named the best place to work in the UK for the second year running.

While Google was ranked 13th in the list this year, other companies including Unilever and American Express took top places, ranked at 6th and 11th best respectively.


The list of best companies, ranked by jobs search agency Glassdoor, is compiled using anonymous employee insight and feedback shared with them over the course of the year.

Users were asked to rate their workplaces based on parameters such as how satisfied they were with their job overall and whether they would recommend their employer to a friend. The list also takes into account workplace attributes including career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values and work-life balance.

Expedia was praised for its “amazing leaders” and “flexible environment” by its employees, while Gary Morrison, senior vice president, retail at Brand Expedia, said: “One of the main reasons our employees love working here is they are given a voice to directly shape our path and are invested in our success.”

You can see the list of the top 25 companies in the UK to work for below:

  1. Expedia (travel experts)
  2. ARM Holdings (software design company)
  3. Homeserve UK (home emergency insurance)
  4. Mott MacDonald (management consultancy)
  5. Hays PLC (recruitment experts)
  6. Peninsula (HR)
  7. Unilever (consumer goods)
  8. Salesforce (tech company)
  9. Screwfix (trade tool retailer)
  10. First Derivatives (data and trading)
  11. American Express (financial services)
  12. Grant Thornton UK LLP (professional services network)
  13. Google (tech company)
  14. Explore Learning (education services) 
  15. Accenture (professional services company) 
  16. PageGroup (recruitment business)
  17. GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals)
  18. BBC (media company)
  19. Centrica (utility company)
  20. Nando’s UK (restaurant chain)
  21. Rackspace (hosting services provider)
  22. Jaguar Land Rover (automotive company) 
  23. Diageo (consumer goods)
  24. PwC (professional services) 
  25. GE (digital)


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Sarah Biddlecombe

Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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