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LinkedIn is arguably the most popular website for professional networking and finding jobs. They have recently released their "Top Companies" list for 2018, a representation of the top 50 companies where "professionals most want to work across the U.S. based on the actions of LinkedIn's more than 546 million professionals."


By tapping into four main pillars – interest in the company, engagement with the company's employees, job demand, and employee retention, LinkedIn ranked these 50 companies for 2018. And which one came out on top? The always-impressive, ever-expanding Amazon.

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Consumers can't get enough of Amazon, so it is reassuring to know that the people who work for the Seattle-based company are just as satisfied. As the second-largest private employer in America (Walmart is #1) and a global headcount of 566,000, Amazon is by all means impressive and inspires people to seek out employment with their company.

Wise Step notes some impressive and attractive reasons as to why Amazon is such a great place to work. "The Amazon pay scale is good and above average as compared to other companies. It comes with several benefits and also gives you the freedom to move around. The Amazon work environment also lets people be themselves. People are open-minded and willing to listed to you. Amazon is also an innovative company and gives you a great opportunity to learn."

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CNBC reported that millennials are jumping at the chance to work for Amazon. "They give young professionals what they want most: career growth, flexibility, and a sense of purpose. They are able to learn and be challenged and see results." Additionally, "millennials are more likely to seek out companies with progressive management." At a company like Amazon, these millennials feel like they are making a difference in the larger sense through the work they are doing. It is not only about personal achievement for this forward-thinking generation.

Snap notes, "Amazon's success stems from CEO Jeff Bezos and his management team, who operates differently than most other companies. He knows what works and isn't afraid to take chances. Staying connected to what consumers want is what makes Amazon great." Employees take pride in knowing their work is appreciated by consumers who feel their voice is being heard and they see the impact first-hand.

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According to LinkedIn, "You won't find extraordinary perks at the company, and the work tempo is famously intense. But for people who want to chase big dreams with giant-company resources at their disposal, the chance to make a mark at Amazon is an enticement that sells itself." The proof is in the pudding. "Amazon's job listings have attracted 55 million views and 8 million applications in the past 12 months alone."

Check out the entire list of the Top Companies from 1 – 50. Take a guess as to where Starbucks, Nike, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Netflix landed.

Have you considered a career with Amazon? Based on public opinion, you won't regret it.

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