What's The Best Company To Work For Where You Live?

With unemployment in the US purportedly reaching its lowest level in 17 years (that is, according to the Department of Labor's flawed household survey) employees who once would've been too fearful to leave their jobs are now actively looking for opportunities. With that in mind, many have probably wondered what's the best company to work for where they live?

Well, HowMuch.com gathered data compiled by Forbes into an infographic to try and map out the best and largest employers in every country.

Forbes recently released a ranking of the best companies in the world using a variety of different perks and benefits, like the quality of food served to employees, parental leave policies or whether companies allow their employees to nap while on the job.

HowMuch mapped these companies by paying attention to their market capitalization to get a feel for how large an organization needs to be to afford such high-quality benefits. One company therefore represents each country, color-coded by market cap. Red countries have an employer worth over $100 billion, and dark blue countries boast relatively small employers under $10 billion.

Several trends immediately pop out from our map:

  • Red countries with huge companies predominantly originate in North America and Western Europe.
  • Alphabet is the largest on our list by a landslide with a market cap of $579.5 billion, bigger than the entire GDP of Argentina.
  • The three exceptions proving the rule are a tobacco company in India called ITC with a market cap of $51.6 billion, plus Hong Kong (CNOOC, $54.8 billion) and Taiwan (Han Hai Precision, $54.4 billion). All three of these places experienced long-term and unique economic and political relationships with the West.
  • Africa only contributes a single company to Forbes’ list, namely Remgro from South Africa, a conglomerate made of many subsidiaries from different industries.
  • The Middle East and Eastern Europe also have only a few companies that made the cut.

Here’s a simplified list of the countries with the best employers in the world, ranked in order of their total market cap:

  • 1. United States - Alphabet: Computer Services - $579.5B and 72,053 employees
  • 2. Switzerland - Nestle: Food Processing - $229.5B and 328,000 employees
  • 3. Netherlands - Unilever: Household/Personal Care - $143.9B and 169,000 employees
  • 4. Germany - Daimler: Auto & Truck Manufacturers - $76.1B and 282,488 employees
  • 5. Hong Kong - CNOOC: Oil & Gas Operations - $54.8B and 19,718 employees
  • 6. Taiwan - Hon Hai Precision: Electronics - $54.4B and 1,000,000 employees
  • 7. Canada - Suncor Energy: Oil & Gas Operations – $51.7B and 12,837 employees
  • 8. India - ITC: Tobacco - $51.6B and 25,564 employees
  • 9. Italy - Enel: Electric Utilities - $47.5B and 62,080 employees
  • 10. Australia - CSL: Biotechs - $43.9B and 16,000 employees

Coming in at No. 1 is, of course, Alphabet. It tops the list because of its size and market dominance.


shitshitshit HRClinton Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:12 Permalink

basically this "study" consisted into checking a few boxes for each company and cherry pick those who had the most.clearly the author did not do his due diligence by going on the field to survey employees in order to verify the morale of the troops and the working conditions.I know for a fact, having worked in a few of these (yes I've been fortunate enough to work in a couple of blue chips things) that if the outlook seems theoritically good on paper, in practice, especially for the biggest capitalizations, you will only find an environment more looking like a pool filled with sharks than a rosy sunday morning at the beach.So I would advise the guy to further his study by checking the %age of burnouts, cancers, suicides and more importantly the cancer death rate. Those are exquisite indicators when it comes to assess he real quality of any working environment.But then again, these indicators are most of the time hidden because of confidentiality blah blah. Companies are not so proud to show off the human costs behind their so called success stories and excellence bullshit.

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ConfederateH Drop-Hammer Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:23 Permalink

My daughter will graduate with a CS degree next year, she is the only girl in the class and is also getting >3.8GPA.  Her boyfriends brother is working for Google, and he has been trying to get her to apply at Google.  Whe know that Zuckerberg and Sandberg are hornier for schicksa programmers than Weinstein is for 17 year old hollywood sluts.She asked me if I would be mad if she applied there because it was a great reference to have.  I said "can't you find a smaller operation".

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ConfederateH pitz Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:57 Permalink

She will have a real Batchelors degree, not a US snowflake one.  This is a top notch European university and she has already done a 4 year apprentice ship in IT, then 5 years working for a Web design company with ~300 people.  She is still working there 20% while she goes to school full time.  She is just 25.  Personally I hope she doesn't even bother with Google, she is far too good for that white-hating fascist company.Google has branches all over the world, so she could travel.  She thinks that is an advantage.

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MonetaryApostate ConfederateH Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:28 Permalink

Do you have any idea how many people with bachelors & 10+ years of experience are ahead of your daughter?  (Many millions!)Indeed I know a guy with a bachelors & 35+ years experience & he can't land a decent job after looking over a year!Money is fake as hell & the only people who will get ahead tomorrow will be those who are exceptionally intelligent beyond the norm.Sorry if that comes off cocky or rough, just trying to keep it real, she'd have a better chance selling & building a small business than going after a corporate chicken coupe job.

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ConfederateH MonetaryApostate Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:31 Permalink

I have 2 bachelors from UC, one in Business and the other in CS, and 35 years of experience working in VLDB's, many as a high paid consultant.  I know Google wouldn't hire me even if I was a philo jew.Tell me how many of those with 35 years of experience you are crowing about are 25 year old attractive cisgendered females with 9 years experience and training in the latest technologies and who are also fluent in 4 languages and are also trained singers? edit:  I see you are Australian, Mate.  I have worked with several Australians and I always enjoyed being on a team with them.  Like me, they were replaced with Indians whose CS degrees were very dubious and who could barely speak English, let alone German.   Every meeting had to be conducted in English, and even then most German speakers understood little of what they said.  But Management wanted lower costs and bigger bonuses.I actually tried to convince my daughter that the CS degree would not bring her happiness in the end.  At least where we live the University degree is practically free, so she will graduate with no debt.

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ebworthen Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:36 Permalink

All hail the kleptoligarchies!You are not an individual, you are a cog in the machine!Pay those taxes, believe in the "awesome", and get back to work Serfs!

whatswhat1@yahoo.com Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes.

whatswhat1@yahoo.com Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

A boss said to his secretary, "I want to have sex with you, but I will make it very fast. I'll throw $1,000 on the floor and by the time you bend down to pick it up, I'll be done." She thought for a moment then called her boyfriend and told him the story. Her boyfriend said, "Do it but ask him for $2,000. Then pick up the money so fast, he won't even have enough time to undress himself." She agrees. After half an hour passes, the boyfriend calls the girlfriend and asks, "So what happened?" She responds, "The bastard used coins, so I'm still picking it up and he is still having sex with me!"

CRM114 Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:46 Permalink

Forbes, which makes its money from advertising by big companies, tells us it's great to work for big companies.Any conflict of interest there....? Bueller..? Bueller...?