Top 5 companies to work for in the US, according to LinkedIn
Which are the top companies to work for in the US, and what industry are they predominantly in? LinkedIn recently released its annual top companies list to showcase which businesses will provide employees with the best growth opportunities.
Using its data, LinkedIn ranked each company based on seven pillars: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and educational background needed.
At each company, LinkedIn showcases which roles and skills are in demand, serving as a useful resource for professionals who are looking for progress in their career.
Here are this year’s top five companies in the US, according to LinkedIn:
Amazon was launched in 1995 as a website that only sold books. Today, it has grown to become a massive online retailer and a prominent cloud services provider.
Amazon’s retail business boomed in the pandemic, spurring the company to hire about 400,000 people in the US last year, said LinkedIn. It has more than 30,000 openings now. So, what are some of the top skills that are sought after by the e-commerce titan?
Fastest-growing skills: User Experience Design (UED), Digital Illustration, Interaction Design
In-demand jobs: Health And Safety Specialist, Station Operations Manager, Learning Manager
Alphabet is a collection of companies, including Google, Verily Life Sciences, GV, Calico and X. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google.
“Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business,” it said on its website.
Fastest-growing common skills: GitHub, Data Structures, React.js
In-demand jobs: Digital Specialist, Field Sales Specialist, Business Systems Analyst
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
This American multinational investment bank and financial services company is headquartered in New York City.
JPMorgan Chase posted record revenue of 123 US billion for 2020, as volatile markets allowed the nation’s largest bank to ramp up trading activity and its advisory role to IPOs and other deals, said LinkedIn.
CEO Jamie Dimon is also focusing on how the company supports its employees. JPMorgan now offers 300 accredited skills and education programs to its workers, and the bank has been boosting wages for thousands of customer-facing roles to US$16-US$20 an hour.
Fastest-growing common skills: Asset Allocation, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
In-demand jobs: Market Specialist, Software Engineering Specialist, Mortgage Underwriter
This American telecommunications company is also the parent company of DIRECTV, WarnerMedia and Cricket Wireless, among others.
LinkedIn notes that AT&T and its employees have endured a tough year with hundreds of pandemic-fueled store closures.
The decisions are part of a larger shift for the company, including a CEO transition and an increased focus on growing the company’s wireless and WarnerMedia businesses. The company is no stranger to pivots.
In 2016, AT&T committed US$1 billion to retrain over 100,000 of its workers, giving them the tech skills they would need to stay on top of industry changes. The bulk of recently laid off retail employees were offered positions at other parts of AT&T.
Fastest-growing skills: Business Process, Executive Management, IT Management
In-demand jobs: Service Analyst, Trading Analyst, Investment Specialist
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individuals, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.
It is also the parent company of Merrill Lynch and others.
LinkedIn notes that Bank of America rose to the challenges of 2020, quickly redeploying almost 30,000 employees to assist in its role in facilitating the government-backed Paycheck Protection Program.
“As the country reckoned with racial injustice and societal inequities, the lender tripled its commitment to affordable homeownership to $15 billion through 2025, and recently boosted its pledge to advance racial equity and economic opportunity to $1.25 billion,” it said.
“Employee engagement rose as a result, while turnover fell, the company’s retail-banking president said.”
Fastest-growing skills: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement
In-demand jobs: Trading Analyst, Investment Specialist, Financial Management Analyst