The past year has certainly been challenging for businesses, organizations and employees alike.

So, it should come as no surprise that the #1 Best Place to Work in Canada is a company that creates solutions and delivers results that aim to shape the world for the better and committed to creating products that help disseminate COVID-19 information to the world more effectively.

Glassdoor recently released its 6th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, and Google was voted the #1 Best Place to Work in 2021.

“COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor’s CEO. “This year’s winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people.”

Google, which has a 4.5 rating with more than a million company reviews on Glassdoor, beat out the competition by prioritizing its workforce and expanding its philanthropic efforts.

The annual list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm. Each company’s overall rating is determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility.

“A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners,” Sutherland-Wong said. “This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritized the health, safety and well-being of their employees.”

The top 10 best places to work in 2021 are:

1. Google (4.5 rating)

2. Microsoft (4.5 rating)

3. TC Energy (4.4 rating)

4. Apple (4.4 rating)

5. Belairdirect (4.4 rating)

6. Sage (4.3 rating)

7. Lululemon (4.5 rating)

8. SAP (4.3 rating)

9. Manpower (4.3 rating)

10. Salesforce (4.3 rating)

Other winners include Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which came in at #11, Keg Restaurants at #12 and Vancouver Coastal Health, which was #13 on this year’s list.

See the full list of winners at


University Canada West’s Career Development Centre helps students and graduates prepare to enter the employment world with their best foot forward. UCW’s Career Development Specialists can help with resumé and cover letter writing, virtual interview techniques, job search tips during a pandemic, virtual networking and much more.

Published on Feb. 19, 2021.