SpaceX, Google and Tesla are among the top companies techies want to work for

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Attracting talent is paramount for tech companies. They compete with one another for incremental technological gains over their competitors, so maintaining a good image with potential employees can have major implications on their business.

To see which employers are most likely to get the candidates they want, job website Hired asked 2,349 tech workers to rate major tech companies headquartered in their cities by their level of interest in working there. Survey takers could also write in and rate employers in other cities.

SpaceX, Google, Shopify, Tesla and Netflix top the global list of employers that Hired users — software engineers, product managers and data scientists — want to work for. Lyft made the Top 10 rankings but Uber did not (Hired did not provide a list of the worst-rated companies).

Top 10 most attractive companies for tech workers by city

Rank Global Rank Austin Boston Chicago Denver Los Angeles New York San Francisco Seattle Washington, D.C.
Rank Global Rank Austin Boston Chicago Denver Los Angeles New York San Francisco Seattle Washington, D.C.
1 SpaceX Indeed TripAdvisor Boeing SendGrid SpaceX Squarespace Google Redfin Capital One
2 Google HomeAway Bose Grubhub Tendril Hulu Bloomberg Tesla Zillow Group CustomInk
3 Shopify RetailMeNot Akamai Sprout Social Arrow Electronics Hyperloop One Tumblr Netflix Amazon Lockheed Martin
4 Tesla Silicon Labs HubSpot Peapod Level 3 Communications Virgin Galactic Vice Slack Microsoft Applied Predictive Technologies
5 Netflix SolarWinds athenahealth Trunk Club DigitalGlobe Snapchat Bitly Facebook Blue Origin Booz Allen Hamilton
6 Slack Bazaarvoice Wayfair Uptake Healthgrades Riot Games Datadog Lyft Alaska Airlines Upside
7 Atlassian uShip MathWorks Groupon Ibotta Fandango MLB Advanced Media GitHub OfferUp Appian
8 Hulu WP Engine Toast Fooda HomeAdvisor Tinder SoulCycle Salesforce Costco Social Tables
9 Facebook Spredfast Education First Avant Gogo Business Aviation Dollar Shave Club Teachers Pay Teachers Yelp F5 Networks Optoro
10 Lyft Dell CarGurus Four Winds Interactive eHarmony New York Life Asana Auth0 EVERFI
Source: Hired

Google was rated the most attractive employer in the Bay Area, Squarespace was the highest rated in New York, while Redfin was No. 1 in Seattle (Amazon was ranked third there).

Within its report, Hired also included proprietary data about the rate at which employees accept interview requests for certain companies. This information is not factored into the survey results.

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