The 5 Best Retail Technology Companies to Work For
In the race for the next great retail tech breakthrough nothing is more vital than attracting and maintaining top talent. As solution providers compete to build powerful teams capable to pinpointing, designing and building the next differentiating product, they continue to offer employees a host of benefits designed to spur creativity and build loyalty.
To discover which companies are in-demand according to employees, Linkedin conducted its second annual ranking of “Top Companies: Where US Wants to Work Now”.
The Top Companies ranking was built by analyzing the actions of Linkedin users. The social media platform analyzed billions of data points generated by it over 500 million members around the world to come up with a blended score used to rank the winners. Linkedin examined four key areas to build its list: job demand, engagement with the company, interest in its employees, and retention.
For more on the methodology or to view the full list click here. Below is a quick look at the five retail solutions providers that scored highest in the ranking.
One of the industry’s premier CRM solutions is also one of the best places to work according to Linkedin, finishing if fourth place in the annual report. While the technology vendor has taken on an outdoor camping theme with much of its marketing and conference displays over the past few years, internally Salesforce embraces "ohana" culture, which means family in Hawaiian. The cloud solution provider’s 30,000 employees enjoy a top-notch benefit package, flex time, team building corporate events, and a culture of volunteerism. Salesforce’s acquisition of Demandware two years ago extended its CRM leadership and positioned it to capture the multi-billion dollar digital commerce market with its Salesforce Commerce Cloud solution.
The global cloud applications and platform services provider finished in ninth position in Linkedin’s ranking. Oracle employees are charged with developing enterprise software and hardware for more than 430,000 customers in 175 countries, a monumental task for which they are well rewarded. Oracle’s 138,00 employees have unlimited sick time, a stock purchase plan, as well as on-site amenities including dry cleaning, car detailing and oil changes. The solution provider’s latest long-term goal is to best rival Amazon in the cloud market with the release of a suite of “self-driving” solutions founder Larry Ellison says are beyond Amazon’s current capabilities.
While Adobe is most well known for its suite of consumer and professional publishing and design tools, the provider has a host of retail enterprise solutions including its analytics and experience suites designed to help increase both shopper insight and experience. Adobe employees enjoy a generous compensation package in addition to 401K matching, commuter program, education benefits, wellness plans, financial coaching, flexible schedules, and much more. Adobe has been on a hiring frenzy, bringing on 5,000 new employees in 2017 with plans to add another 2,000 in 2018. Adobe employs over 18,000 worldwide. The company finished in 14th place in the ranking.
With a global headcount of nearly 400,000 employees, IBM is not only a major tech innovator, but also a major piece of the global economy. The solution provider’s Watson technology is universally recognized as the leader in the artificial intelligence space, and retailers are leveraging the technology in a host of ways designed to streamline operations and gain a holistic view of demand. IBM employees have exclusive access to Watson to help identify appropriate cancer treatments and options for clinical trials. In addition to the unique Watson benefit, IBM employees have access to a health inventive program, comprehensive medical benefits, retirement planning, income protection, stock options, and more. IBM finished in 20th place overall in Linkedin’s ranking.
The IT and network provider’s 73,000 employees continue to innovate in the pivotal network space, including advancements in security and encryption to help keep retailers’ vital information secure. In a unique career building benefit, Cisco employees that want to try on a new role are able to swap a portion or all of their responsibilities with a fellow employee. In addition, Cisco attracts top talent with competitive compensation, stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, annual bonuses, quarterly fun activities, employee discounts, flexible work schedules, birthdays off, etc. Cisco finished in 31st place in the Linkedin report.