People Really, Really Want to Work at Comcast, LinkedIn Finds

Here’s why the telecomm giant was just named one of the country’s top 10 most sought after employers along with bigwigs like Amazon, Facebook and Apple.

Philadelphia, United States – June 11, 2013: Comcast Center building on June 11, 2013 in Philadelphia. As of 2012 the 297m tall skyscraper is the tallest building in Philadelphia and 15th tallest in the US. iStock | tupungato

Who’s dying to work at Comcast? Apparently lots of people are. The company is one of the country’s most sought-after employers, according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Top 50 Companies list released this week. The telecom giant came in high at No. 7, right ahead of other apparent national favorites like Walt Disney, Oracle and Netflix. And what’s more impressive is that the Philly company jumped three spots ahead of No. 10 — its 2017 ranking.

So what makes Comcast so dreamy for job seekers across the globe? The company offers certain perks you can’t get anywhere else, LinkedIn says. These include free Xfinity TV and Internet, complimentary Universal Studios park passes, discounts on resorts and even early access to NBCUniversal TV programs and movies. Job seekers are also attracted by the company’s expanded parental benefits, according to the report.

LinkedIn also highlighted Comcast’s new Technology Center, the latest work of British starchitect Norman Foster set to open this fall, as an attractive plus for the company. “The $1.5 billion, 1,121-foot tower will be the Philadelphia home for teams of engineers as well as NBC 10, Telemundo 62 and a 217-room Four Seasons,” the report states.

In the last year alone, Comcast hired more than 36,000 new employees. Globally, 164,000 people work at Comcast NBCUniversal.

And Comcast is in good company. Ahead of the telecom giant is e-commerce giant Amazon (No. 1), Google parent company Alphabet (No. 2), Facebook (No. 3), software leader Salesforce (No. 4), Elon Musk’s Tesla (No. 5) and Apple (No. 6).

Overall, three key themes emerged from the top 50 companies: purpose over perks, diversity pipeline and rethinking corporate healthcare.

For purpose, employees at the top companies report feeling fulfilled because they can see the impact of their work. “Foosball tables and all-you-can-eat cafeterias lose their appeal if workers cannot get the job done,” says the report.

The top companies are also “testing bold tactics to build a diverse workforce.” Oracle (No. 9), for example, opened up a charter high school on campus to invest in STEM-based education, and Box (No. 44) got rid of its four-year degree requirement to hire candidates based on skills, not degrees.

These leading companies are also looking to “break the corporate mold” that has a hold on employee health. Apple, for example, is reportedly creating primary care clinics for employees, and both Amazon and JPMorgan Chase (No. 18) recently entered into a partnership to launch a new health care company.

LinkedIn says its rankings are based on billions of actions taken by more than 546 million professionals on its platform.

The company says its methodology was designed to measure interest in a company’s jobs and people, as well as a company’s ability to retain its employees. Some of the list’s metrics include, job demand, engagement with the company, a company’s interest in its employees and retention.