Career website Glassdoor has released its fifth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best places to work for in the coming year. Facebook was elected number one for 2011, and made the top three for 2012. For 2013, the company is back on top.

About one-fifth of the list comprised of tech companies (full list):

  • 1. Facebook
  • 6. Google
  • 14. LinkedIn
  • 15. Rackspace
  • 17. Akamai
  • 22. Salesforce.com
  • 31. Intel
  • 33. Red Hat
  • 34. Apple
  • 43. SAP

We would have expected to see Google closer to Facebook on the list, but both of them being in the top 10 isn’t too surprising, given how well they pay their engineers. In fact, given the wide range of projects running at Google, it’s impressive to see Facebook above it.

Yet the real surprise is how far down other technology companies are on the list. Many likely would have expected to see Apple much higher up, though it’s probably even more eyebrow-raising to see Microsoft isn’t on it at all.

So how is the list put together anyway? The Employees’ Choice Awards is based on the input of employees who “elect to provide feedback” on their job, work environment, and company, via Glassdoor’s anonymous online company review survey. In other words, it’s based on what employees anonymously tell Glassdoor about their employer.

For Facebook, employees reportedly commented favorably about the opportunity to impact over 1 billion people, the company’s continued commitment to its “hacker culture,” trust in CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the benefits. Facebook engineers approve of the perks they get that help them balance their work with their personal lives.

“We’re honored to receive this award from Glassdoor,” Lori Goler, Facebook’s vice president of people and recruiting, said in a statement. “We strive to make Facebook a place where everyone is able to have an impact doing what they love. Receiving this award is a testament to the culture of builders we’ve worked hard to create.”

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