It's Friday, we've got a list, let's do this. Fortune magazine dropped its list of the 100 best places to work, and since none of us work at these companies, let's pick the list apart to see how terrible it is, or not, to work for these companies. 

Lists are Made for Trolling

If you learn nothing else today about the best places to work, it should be that no list can ever tell you what the best places to work are. This list is for one thing -- trolling. We guarantee some companies were left out on purpose just to piss people off. But seriously, there's no way Fortune has the resources to do a comprehensive study on this either way, so we're going with it.

Number one place to work? No surprise here, it's Google. The don't be evil gang grew 33 percent in job growth and now employs close to 20,000 people in the US -- one of whom is Ray Kurzwiel, futurist. The company also allows 20 percent free think time, has tons of leisure activities and gourmet food. Despite the mixed feelings we have about some of its business practices and its stranglehold on search, it's hard to argue this one.

Not that we know any Googlers here in the Bay Area (okay two), but Google indeed sets the standard for how to j-o-b in style (relatively, anyway). Plenty of companies in both the tech world and otherwise have been taking Google's approach to relaxing the office scene, especially in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.

Fortune has its list broken down by small, medium and large companies, and also ranked by things like low job turnover and opportunities for women and minorities. Google was tops for large companies, and SAS Institue won for midsized companies. SAS also made it to number three overall. Boston Consulting Group won the best place to work in the small business category, and the company does have some consulting ties to the IT industry.

Best for Women and Minorities

We applaud Fortune for including these categories, but we'd still like to know the criteria it used for determining the rankings. That includes the whole list, not just the two categories under this heading. Zappos, the kings of online customer experience, has a workforce made up of 51 percent women, and it puts them on the list of best places to work for women. 

Zappos doesn't even crack the top 20 as far as companies that have a high percentage of women employees, bit it did win the overall 11th place on the list. SAS and Deloitte were also in the 40 percent range for percentage of women in the workforce.

Cisco and Qualcomm headed up the IT segment for best places to work for minorities. Cisco has a 49 percent minority workforce out of nearly 35,000 jobs in the US. Another semiconductor company, Intel, also cracked the 40 percent minority barrier on the list.


Feel free to go barefoot with feet up on the desk at the Fortune top places to work. Image courtesy of Flikr user slworking2 under Creative Commons license.

Rest of the Best

With Google number one and Zappos number 11, what other tech sector companies made it? Netapp was number 6 and Salesforce was 27, and the only other tech company to crack the top 30 was a company called Ultimate Software.

We know what you're thinking. Where's Apple and Facebook? Not on the list. IBM, Oracle and HP? Not there. Apple and IBM, we can see not making it. They've been in the news spotlight for the wrong reasons for a long time. But no Amazon? No Facebook? Pure trolling move, Fortune.

The bottom half of the top 100 list has the bulk of the IT firms, although adobe and Intel snuck into the top half at numbers 41 and 46, respectively. Microsoft came in at 76, and actually, that doesn't seem like such a bad ranking. Unless you include the fact Autodesk and Rackspace both came in ahead of it at Number 74 and 52, respectively.