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The 10 best places to work in Austin since the pandemic began
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Whole Foods is the best employer in the greater Austin area, according to new rankings by Comparably.

The company did a survey to find the best places to work in Austin, using data from anonymous employee ratings over a 12-month period starting March 22, 2020.


After asking questions in 20 categories, the site found big-name grocers like Whole Foods and H-E-B near the top of the list, as well as Austin tech brands like Dell.

Because surveys started in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the list is especially indicative of which employers have been best to work for during COVID.

Here's what they found:

1. Whole Foods

(Whole Foods Careers/Facebook)

With a workplace culture rating of 4.5 out of 5, health food grocer Whole Foods was ranked the best place to work in Austin. Factors like good pay, a high gender and diversity score and generally favorable reviews on CEO John Mackey helped bring Whole Foods to the top.

2. Realtor.com

(Comparably)

Realtor.com CEO David Doctorow helped give this national realty service the Best CEO award in 2020, and his favorable reviews are in the top 5% nationally. Plenty of employee perks help solidify the company's high standings.

3. Dell

(Careers at Dell/Facebook)

The Austin-based company was given the award for best global culture in 2021 as well as ranking third on this year's list. Dell was given 4 out of 5 stars on company culture, and its average pay is well over $200,000.

4. Indeed

(Indeed/Twitter)

The nationwide job finder also has some of the best jobs in Austin itself. Indeed's culture ranks at 4.6 out of 5 stars, and their CEO Chris Hyams also ranks in the top 5% of all companies. Employees were most satisfied in the Operations and IT departments of Austin's Indeed branch.

5. Rev.com

(Rev.com/Facebook)

A voice-to-text service provider, it's only fitting that Rev.com's employees, who work from home, would fare well in the pandemic. Ninety-six percent of its employees who left a review gave the company a thumbs up.

6. OutboundEngine

(OutboundEngine/Twitter)

A company that helps bring social media services to small businesses, OutboundEngine recieved nearly 100% favorable reviews from employees. The company is among the best for women and ranks in the top 5% for women and diversity, and the company is said to "put a focus on interpersonal relationships."

7. A Cloud Guru

(A Cloud Guru/Facebook)

A Cloud Guru offers online cloud training to individuals and teams, so it's no surprise that the company's employees were easily able to transition into at-home life. Employees said they found the job to be exciting and interesting, and the company's outlook was among the best in Austin in 2020.

8. OJO Labs

(OJO Labs/Facebook)

Another end-to-end realty service, OJO Labs received an A+ on workplace culture. Its CEO, John Berkowitz, scored nearly 100% favorably, and employees enjoy the "transparency and openness to feedback" that the company's leadership has.

9. Google

(Life at Google/Facebook)

Global search engine Google lands at No. 9 on Austin's best employers, and it's ranked among the best in other cities like Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Employees cite a high base pay and being able to work from anywhere as some major perks for the company.

10. H-E-B

(HEB/Facebook)

Every Texan knows that H-E-B cares about its customers, but the San Antonio-based grocer has proven that it values its employees as well. The company received the Best Perks and Benefits Award in 2020, and the company got an A+ in workplace culture from its employees.

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