10 Best Places to Work In Seattle For IT Professionals

The top 10 places to work for IT professionals in Seattle by New Horizons Seattle are based on how well these companies value their employees which is reflected in their company culture and generous compensation (and special perks). Other factors include whether they are engaging places to work with a worthwhile purpose for existing. This list is skewed toward bigger companies because of their tendency to have significantly more IT employees.

Microsoft

Ranked 51st in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Microsoft has a lot to offer. They plan to spend $9.5 billion on research and development in 2010, $3 billion more than the next closest tech company (Maximum PC). Employees receive free beverages, free bus passes, a team “morale budget”, and a a paid health-club membership (Microsoft Careers). Other attractions are a beautiful campus with soccer fields and an on-campus bar. According to Fortune, developers average a salary of $106,000.

REI

Ranked the number 14 in Fortune’s 2010 100 Best Companies to Work For (the highest Washington company), REI has a long standing reputation for being a great place to work. Employees also receive a 50% discount on REI gear and apparel, flexible schedules, profit sharing, and funds for outdoor fitness challenges.

Google

Google’s new 3 building campus in Kirkland includes a fitness center, a cafeteria, and climbing wall. The spaces are open and shared to promote collaboration and fun (See a video of the campus tour by TechFlash). Google’s refusal to censor searches in China has supported their motto “Don’t be Evil” and the 20% time to work on a project of an engineer’s choosing can be a major draw. Google also ranked number 4 on Fortune’s list. Google plans on hiring 300 temporary workers in Kirkland to improve Google Map’s accuracy according to Tech Flash.

Amazon

The largest online retailer in the US and has changed how people buy products online with innovations like one click ordering and artificial intelligence powered recommendations. Engineers take on some of the biggest technical challenges in the industry, states the career page. Amazon was on Fortunes 2009 list for 100 Fastest Growing Companies and named to BusinessWeek’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2009. CEO Jeff Bezos received a 87% approval rating from employees according to GlassDoor.com. According to Glassdoor.com, engineers liked working on challenging problems but some complaints included pager duty for engineers, minimal perks, and a workaholic culture.

F5 Networks

F5 Networks helps companies create an agile IT infrastructure. F5 has been recognized in the past as a “Best Place to Work” by King 5’s Evening Magazine. They also have “Beer Friday” social events, a game room, free beverages, and an on-site fitness facility. Their view of Puget Sound and location near Queen Anne also helps.

Expedia

Expedia has come far since spinning off from Microsoft and has become an industry leader in online travel booking. Expedia matches employee contributions to charity up to $5,000. They also provide discounts on travel, a fitness subsidy, and teambuilding and employee morale events.

Starbucks

Starbucks ranked 93rd in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For. Along with free coffee and health-care for part time workers, Starbucks offers competitive salaries and discounted stock purchases. IT Program Managers earned between $72,000 to $95,000 according to Glassdoor.com.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom moved up almost 20 spots in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For to number 53. They survived the depression with zero layoffs and boasts some of the most courteous people in the world.

Zillow

Zillow is a leading online real estate information company that provides estimates of property values based on an algorithm. Perks include air hockey, free soda and stock options. Chairman and CEO Rich Barton has a 90% approval rate from employees according to Glassdoor.com. Some pros mentioned by employees include low bureaucracy, a grand vision to revolutionize the real estate industry, and friendly and warm people.

SEOMoz

SEOMoz creates search engine optimization software and has emerged as the industry leader in this growing field. They have a work environment that stresses having fun and their location above the Elysian Brewery is perfect for after work socials. CEO Rand Fishkin, is a charismatic, passionate and well-liked leader.

New Horizons Seattle is a leading IT training provider that offers preparation for certification in Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTia. Their Bellevue, WA location serves the training needs of IT professionals in the Seattle area.