Google Sizzles As Top Employer — But Big Oil’s Rise Is Stunning

22 Oct

by George Anders

Suppose you could work anywhere. What employer would you pick? LinkedIn culls its member data annually for insights, and the big surprise of this year’s survey isn’t that Google, once again, rates No. 1. What’s stunning is farther down the list: the ascent of big energy companies, which now claim 16 of the top 100 spots, up from 10 a year ago.

Big Oil? We’re talking about the likes of Shell (No. 9), BP (No. 13) and even ExxonMobil (No. 33.) Yes, the same BP that agreed last year to pay $4.5 billion in fines and other penalties related to a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the same ExxonMobil that took a nonstop pounding last year in author Steve Coll’s grim, award-winning history of the company, Private Empire.

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