Pull that resume — Apple loses spot in top 100 employer list for first time in 13 years

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Apple and Meta have fallen off the list of the highest-ranked 100 companies to work for in the United States, according to new numbers.

Both Apple and Meta have historically been high on that list but anonymous data collected by jobs website Glassdoor (opens in new tab) shows that they're slipping.

In the case of Apple, things are now so bad that the company has fallen out of the top 100 for the first time since 2009 — when the list was first published.

Going down

The fact that Apple can't be found anywhere on the top 100 list might be all the more galling given some of the companies that can. In-N-Out Burger sits in the number 10 spot, while former Apple sparring partners Adobe are in 14th. Microsoft is one better at 13th, something that would definitely have stung Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Android maker Google is also on the list as well.

Apple's demise shouldn't be all that surprising, however. The Telegraph (opens in new tab) notes, Apple continues to struggle to appease staff both in its Apple Park offices and in retail stores. Employees were forced to return to the office last year, while multiple Apple Stores have joined unions, have tried to join a union, or are in the process of doing so. Apple management's reaction to unions has also come in for criticism among workers. There have also been accusations of union-busting activity.

As for Meta, it isn't doing much better. The social media / virtual reality company recently laid off thousands of employees — around 13% of the company's entire workforce. It should perhaps not be all that surprising that Meta employees aren't happy, despite the company's continued commitment to allowing people to work from anywhere.

Apple will no doubt be hoping for a return to the list the next time out.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.