By Darin L. Hammond
No one has noted the stunning Facebook news revealed in Glassdoor's release this past week of the "Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities."
The top five, in order as voted in by the employees themselves, are Worldwide Express, Baine & Company, Facebook, Boaz & Co., and The Boston Consulting Group. The data reveal that these companies provide the best infrastructure for advancement, which is significant alone.
However, when thedata is cross checked with the release earlier this year of "Best Places to Work," also determined by employees and collected by GlassDoor, trends emerge. Combining the data reveals Baine & Company as the real winner, coming in second place for advancement and on top for the best place to work. But this is not the most telling news.
The company that may surprise people, given the recent rise and fall in the stock market - Facebook, who placed number three on both lists. The lists reveal much about the company that has been so reviled in the media for something so ridiculous - stock speculation. Yes, the stock value means something, but it is more about the hopes and fears of investors than about Facebook.
To worried investors out there, falling stock is only a problem if you can't ride the waves, and if you are unable to endure, you may have chosen the wrong strategy with Facebook. A solid trend in recent history with technology and social media is that a company with satisfied employees, who feel creative freedom as well as mobility, will rise to the top despite obstacles.
Zuckerberg stated a powerful mission along with the IPO: "Facebook exists to make the world more open and connected, and not just to build a company. We expect everyone at Facebook to focus every day on how to build real value for the world in everything they do." The statement is breathtaking in its scope despite the fact that the media such as Engadget reviled it as "scattered."
How dare Zuckerberg be bold enough to build real value for the world? The public is behind the mission, as Facebook is still the top social media platform, and the employees are behind the vision as well.
Since the employees are happy and the leadership strong, Facebook will rise again. And, in fact the move upward has already begun. More power to Zuckerberg if he wants to change the world. We could use some change.