Revealed: The best places to work in the UK

 
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Cool cats like Google have been beaten by smaller firms (Source: Getty)

Businesses can breath a sigh of relief - the trend of trying to emulate Google's particular brand of work environment with bean bags, slides, hot desking and food freebies might just be over.

The tech company has slipped out of the top 10 best places to work list for the first time, coming 13th in the annual ranking by Glassdoor based on the feedback of employees.

Instead of the usual top tech firms, infamous for their favourable benefits and trendy offices, it's Expedia taking the lead in the most satisfying place to work stakes, being crowned top for the second year in a row.

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The rest of the top five is rounded out by surprise companies which might not necessarily spring to mind but are clearly keeping their staff happy and motivated.

Arm climbed to second place from seventh last year, followed by two new entrants - services company HomeServe and engineering firm Mott MacDonald - while Hays slipped to the fifth best place to work in the UK from second last year.

So what is it that keeps Expedia employees so happy?

"One of the main reasons our employees love working here is they are given a voice to directly shape our path and are invested in our success," said the travel firm's senior vice president for retail and brand, Gary Morrison.

"We empower everyone at all levels to share their ideas and test and learn new ways to make the travel experience better, which, in turn, fosters a creative work environment."

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Are you with one of the best places to work in the country? Take a look to see if your employer makes it into the top 50 below.

Rank Company
1 Expedia
2 Arm
3 HomeServe
4 Mott MacDonald
5 Hays
6 Peninsula
7 Unilever
8 Salesforce
9 Screwfix
10 First Derivatives
11 American Express
12 Grant Thornton
13 Google
14 Explore Learning
15 Accenture
16 PageGroup
17 GlaxoSmithKline
18 BBC
19 Centrica
20 Nando's
21 Rackspace
22 Jaguar Land Rover
23 Diageo
24 PwC
25 GE
26 Cisco
27 Microsoft
28 Yell
29 Harrods
30 BP
31 Deloitte
32 EY
33 John Lewis
34 KPMG
35 SAP
36 Waitrose
37 Shell
38 Credit Suisse
39 JP Morgan
40 easJet
41 Apple
42 Rolls-Royce
43 Capgemini
44 UBS
45 Sainsbury's
46 Lush
47 Schlumberger
48 Thomson Reuters
49 Starbucks
50 Costa Coffee

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