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The 10 Coolest Companies of 2019

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

December 27, 2019

What makes a company cool? We say it’s a combination of high ratings on Glassdoor, happy employees, and awesome perks - and these 10 companies have all that and more! Check out what these cool companies have to offer, then get your CV ready to apply for their open jobs. 


Overall Rating: 4.4

What Makes It Cool: Revealed as the UK's Best Place to Work in 2020, we couldn't not include Google here!

What Employees Say: "Super benefits, great culture, progressive thinkers" - Human Resources Generalist

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Overall Rating: 3.4

What Makes It Cool: If saving 33 percent on clothes, shoes, and other items sounds cool to you, then Harrods may be the perfect employer for you. But volunteer time off, paid maternity and paternity leave, and matched pension plan also make this a cool company for which to work. 

What Employees Say: “I have worked for Harrods for just over two years, within that time I have progressed within the HR department twice — progression is available to all if you work for it. Everyone I work with is really supportive and an expert in their field, I feel I learn something every week. We have dress for your day and a flexible attitude towards working from home which I absolutely love.” — Current Project Manager

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Overall Rating: 4.3

What Makes It Cool: Not only do employees get three meals plus snacks free each day, but they also enjoy flexible work schedules and transport and gym allowances, Glassdoor users say. 

What Employees Say: “Benefits and perks are amazing. Facebook makes it as easy as possible for you to show up at work and do a great job. All the offices are smack in the centre of London, so very easy to commute.” — Anonymous Current Employee

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Overall Rating: 3.6

What Makes It Cool: While Skyscanner is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland—with an office in London—its employees can work from any of its global locations. Plus, they can head to their home country, no matter where that may be, to work for as many as 15 days each year.  

What Employees Say: “Everyone I've ever worked with in Skyscanner is well motivated, friendly and approachable. Strong emphasis on work life balance, remote working etc. Senior management of the company communicate short/long term goals of the company effectively and often.” — Current Senior Software Engineer

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Overall Rating: 4.1

What Makes It Cool: Improbable offers employees a “Life Concierge” whose job it is to help relocate families, organise parties, order pizza, and more. Just as awesome? The company gives employees unlimited annual leave, flexible work schedules, and breakfasts and lunches.

What Employees Say: “It's rare to find a company and with people in it so passionate and motivated to succeed. Senior management are not afraid to take accountability for actions and mistakes. Improbable has a genuine shot at changing society as we know it, and it's inspiring to be a part of it.” — Anonymous Current Employee

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Overall Rating: 3.8

What Makes It Cool: Barclays is committed to work-life balance, and ensures employees find it through programs that allow them to work from home or even take career breaks. What’s more, Barclays also celebrates a ‘Women of the Year’ award for its female employees. 

What Employees Say: “Good development opportunities across a range of business areas. Great people and organisation.” — Current Early Careers Employee

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Overall Rating: 3.9

What Makes It Cool: Employees at Unilever enjoy flexible work schedules—they can work from home at least one day each week—an on-site gym, subsidised restaurant, and 60 percent off of all Unilever brands, such as Dove, Breyers, and Pure Leaf. (Now that’s cool!)

What Employees Say: “It's vision and values are excellent, I felt proud to work for Unilever and everything in stands for. It is not one of those companies who says one thing to its consumers but then acts differently internally. The agile working is great, as is the free ice cream (site specific) and staff shop!” — Former Anonymous Employee

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Overall Rating: 3.8

What Makes It Cool: Glassdoor users report getting 30 days of holidays each year, plus a gym subsidy, flexible work schedule, and other perks that make this a very cool place to work!  

What Employees Say: “Fantastic culture, amazing flexibility, good rewards, varied work [and] projects, lots of extra-curricular activities [and] groups.” — Current Analyst

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Overall Rating: 4.9

What Makes It Cool: Curve’s 4.9 rating is certainly impressive! Plus, many employees report the company has a generous professional development budget for workers who want to expand their skills, a dog-friendly office, and free foodie perks including lunches, drinks, and snacks. 

What Employees Say: “Extremely welcoming and helpful team and a great culture. Really good perks — health and wellbeing allowance, learning budget, cycle to work schemes etc. The training is top class and there’s a big emphasis on progression, management genuinely want you to learn and grow with the company.” — Current Customer Experience Champion

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Clifford Chance

Overall Rating: 3.7

What Makes Them Cool: Those who love to cycle will think this company is cool with its cycle-to-work scheme. But other employees love it for a generous paid sick day plan—as many as 20 sick days a year—generous performance bonuses, free gym membership, and much more. 

What Employees Say: “Team is very friendly and collaborative. Work is sophisticated and challenging. Always learning new things.” — Current Associate

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