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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(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.
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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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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