Tech titans beat energy companies as best places to work

HOUSTON — The energy industry made a respectable showing on Glassdoor’s 2014 ranking of the nation’s best places to work released this month, with a couple of Texas giants cracking the top 50.

Glassdoor’s list of the 50 best companies with 1,000 or more employees, now in its sixth year, is based on employee ratings and reviews on the site. While just four energy-related companies showed up on the list this year, compared to five last year, several sectors of the diverse industry were represented, from renewables to petrochemicals.

Eastman Chemical is the highest ranked energy name on the list year, coming in at No. 4. Workers who reviewed the Tennessee-based specialty chemicals company gave their employer an average of 4.6 stars out of a possible five, with 98 percent approving of CEO Jim Rogers’ leadership.

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Tech and social media giants left the biggest footprint on Glassdoor’s list this year, with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google all in the top 10. Apple was not far behind, at No. 35.

The biggest brands in technology have created tough competition for the energy industry to lure the brightest, young minds in engineering and innovation. Google, Apple and others have become well known for their enticing perks and attractive campuses, as the energy industry has been playing catch-up.

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