Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

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Appfolio employees (photo: glassdoor)

By edhat staff

Four local companies earned top ratings in a recent poll based on employee's reviews of the Best Places to Work in 2020.

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, has announced the winners of its 12th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2020 across the U.S. and eight other countries. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their job, work environment, and employer over the past year.

The awards feature ten distinct categories, showing 100 Best Places to Work (honoring employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For (honoring employers with fewer than 1,000 employees) in the U.S. Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year. 

Santa Barbara County-based companies made an impressive showing with four organizations listed. They are:

Large Companies

#12 LinkedIn: 

While LinkedIn is officially headquartered in Sunnyvale, they famously purchased Lynda.com and set up a massive camp in Carpinteria.

#45 AppFolio

Headquartered in Santa Barbara, the computer software company has locations eight official locations within California, Texas, and Massachusetts.

#53 Yardi Systems

Established in 1982 in Santa Barbara, the software and hardware company has grown numerous locations throughout the world. 

Small - Med Companies

#30 PayJunction

Founded in 2000 by three UCSB graduates without a single dollar of outside investment, PayJunction has gone from bootstrapped to billions in processing. PayJunction now transacts over $5 billion dollars annually for tens of thousands of users. It now has offices in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Houston.

“This year marks the shift to a culture-first decade in the workplace. Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards winners are employers that are prioritizing culture, mission and employees at the heart of everything they do. In turn, their employees have spoken and are recognizing them truly as the Best Places to Work in 2020,”  said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor president.

Glassdoor also compiled a list of eight HR and recruiting trends they anticipate for 2020 and what’s likely to shape the coming decade:

  1. AI will get a seat in upper management.
  2. 2020 will begin a culture-first decade for employers.
  3. Companies will refresh hiring playbooks ahead of a potential recession.
  4.  Employers will further prioritize diversity and inclusion jobs.
  5. Recruiters will adapt as 65+ Baby Boomers become the fastest-growing workforce.
  6. More people will find their next job on a mobile device.
  7. Brexit will threaten tech hiring in the UK.
  8. The 2020 election cycle will unleash companies’ political side.


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CGinSB Jan 06, 2020 03:22 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

Some of us baby boomers took a few years out of our careers to raise our millennial children. Now those years have to be made up before retiring cuz there isn’t enough $ in our pension plan or IRA or investments. Are we really arguing about who has the right to work?

EastBeach Jan 06, 2020 09:48 AM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

The article and report (PDF) are available here ..... https://www.glassdoor.com/research/job-hiring-trends-2020/ .... regarding the 65+ wave, the report says .... " While the overall American labor force is projected to grow by 5.5 percent over the next decade, the 65+ workforce will grow by a whopping 61 percent. Similarly in the UK, the 65+ population is expected to rise nearly 60 percent over the next 25 years, faster than any other demographic group."

letmego Jan 06, 2020 05:18 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

RHS, The problem with "get over and be gracious" is - who are you to decide what's enough? And when's enough? Some people retire, get bored, and die quickly. Others find meaning in volunteering, but not all do. Plenty of older people have valuable skills that can be helpful in the work place. I remember hearing a similar opinion a couple of decades ago, that "married women or mothers who work and don't have to are taking a job from a MAN with a FAMILY TO SUPPORT." I always felt that if a man was able and willing to do a job for the same pay, and could do it as well, he'd already have that job. Also... remember MANY people are working for the insurance. Someone who is 65+ may very well have a spouse who is not on Medicare and still needs insurance.

RHS Jan 06, 2020 01:12 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

The world does not need more people fighting for jobs. Those that have the resources to comfortably retire should do so and stay out of the job market. Too many of those "retirees" taking jobs are doing so for ego satisfaction and for wealth that they can never enjoy. This is particularly regrettable when those of the older population who have real retirement programs and good equity in homes and investments take work from younger people with none of this stuff. Come on old people, get over and be gracious.

EastBeach Jan 06, 2020 09:50 AM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

.... "Senior citizens today are healthier, more engaged, and working longer than past generations. But few employers today are wellpositioned to make the most of this growing talent pool. Most talent attraction efforts today are focused on the hiring needs of tech-savvy Gen Z and millennial workers, rather than experienced seniors. In 2020 and beyond, we expect to see a dramatic shift in recruiting focus, with more strategies aimed at attracting the booming 65+ workforce and using it to companies’ strategic advantage."

jak Jan 06, 2020 07:21 AM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

#7 The UK has tens of thousands of trained engineers who can’t find work in their chosen field. With thousands more graduating every year and only hundreds dying or retiring. The UK will survive brexit as a technological powerhouse and perhaps even thrive if technical recruiting practices improve enough.

OneHumbleOpinio Jan 05, 2020 06:43 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

A count from Yardi's website shows 41 US/international locations, plus many data centers. Not bad for a Santa Barbara company. Staff stay there after age 65 because they like working there, simple as that.

letmego Jan 06, 2020 05:26 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

Plenty of millennials out there working hard. Plenty of millennials demanding work/life balance and not interested in the 50-60 hour "pay your dues" work weeks. Someone below mentioned that Millennials and Gen Z have a "culture of working harder" apparently doesn't have a lot of history with Gen X, Boomers, and the Generation before - many of whom worked VERY hard. When you sit back and say that younger people "work harder", it's possible that you are coming from a position of privilege, or ignorance - many people "slow down" as they age, simply because it's more difficult to put in 60 hours when you are 50 compared to when you are 30 (and the benefits of doing so...not that great). I've had the privilege of working with many different generations (and still do so now), and find that they are all great. And also: Long work hours are not a new thing.

jqb Jan 06, 2020 03:33 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

" who in all likelihood have a culture of working much harder and longer work weeks (for better or worse) than the economies of the past" -- each generation seems to have little idea of what life was like in the past.

letmego Jan 06, 2020 10:00 AM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

I'm just gonna let the boomers and millennials argue about who has the stronger work ethic. The 65+ is the last group with a work ethic? Hardly, the X-ers have been putting nose to the grindstone for more than 30 years now, including starting their careers in an economic downturn. When it comes to working long hours, people 40+ are probably mostly well-more experienced than younger folks (on average). That's not a bad thing however. Everyone needs balance, and more power to the people who look at the system and say that 45-50-60 hour work weeks are for the birds.

HOUSER01 Jan 06, 2020 09:23 AM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

Ok, Boomer. Maybe not a typo, but perhaps a bit self-grandiose. These 65+ boomers (the ones who don't have all the cash today) will likely be working for companies run and built by highly educated millennials and Gen-Zers, who in all likelihood have a culture of working much harder and longer work weeks (for better or worse) than the economies of the past. That said all generations should be able to bring a viewpoint and mindset that can benefit a company’s culture and success.

a-1593827413 Jan 05, 2020 03:54 PM
Local Companies Earn Spots in Top 100 Workplaces

The 65+ is the last generation with a strong work ethic, still knows how to read, write, do simple math, has strategic thinking skills and can put complete sentences together. Boomers also have the cash today, so perhaps it takes one to sell to one. On the other hand, maybe this was a typo.

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