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Best Places To Work In Canada: Google, AOL, Intuit Take Top Spots

04/17/2014 01:50 EDT | Updated 04/17/2014 01:59 EDT
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Google retains its ranking as the best place to work in Canada in a survey from research and consulting group Great Places To Work.

Not to toot our own horn too much, but The Huffington Post Canada’s parent company, AOL Canada, placed second in the 2014 edition of the annual survey, up from fourth place last year.

AOL Canada General Manager Joe Strolz called it a “phenomenal achievement” that shows the “energy, passion and care” AOL employees bring to the office every day. (Thanks, Joe!)

Tech companies once again did well in the rankings, with both tax software company Intuit and Microsoft ranking in the top 10. It’s the third year in a row that Google has won. It supplanted Microsoft in the top spot for the first time in 2012.

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Some fast-food chains also made the list, including Starbucks (17th) and McDonald’s (18th), which ranked despite a recent controversy over some outlets’ use of temporary foreign workers.

Some of these foreign workers have compared their conditions to “slavery,” but the survey would indicate that not everyone who works at McDonald’s feels that way.

To come up with the rankings, Great Places To Work sent detailed questionnaires to some 300,000 employees across Canada at companies who wanted to participate.

There's only one way to get on this list — and that's if your employees put you there,” the company said in a statement.

“While there is no single right way to create a great workplace, the very best companies have managed to create a culture where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.”

Great Places To Work argues that this isn’t just about having a good time at your job — it’s good for the bottom line, too.

Research has shown “a strong correlation between high-trust workplace cultures and financial performance,” the consulting firm says.

As evidence, the company to this chart from Russell Investment Group showing that firms which ranked on Forbes’ list of best companies to work for outperformed other companies on the stock market.

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