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As we outlined previously, developer skills are in high demand. It’s a job seeker’s market, and luckily for many freelance developers, there are plenty of great companies hiring to choose from.

Importantly, while Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other big-name tech companies are still great places to work, they don’t rank as highly as in previous years. Freelance developers who are more discerning in their job search can find open roles at smaller companies that make culture a priority. Here are the five companies in Silicon Valley that employees rank highly for being great places to work.

Zoom

Zoom, a video conferencing tool, takes the top position on Glassdoor’s 2019 ranking of best companies to work for. One reviewer writes, “Zoom has amazing benefits and tons of perks in the office. There are some great, integral people here at Zoom to work with. I consider many people on my team friends. CEO genuinely cares and listens to his employees.” Generous leave, a friendly work environment, and a unique onboarding program are just a few of the things developers like about Zoom. Zoom also featured on Business Insider’s list of 25 companies with the most satisfied employees. At the time of this article Zoom is hiring a Java Full Stack developer and Front End developer.

HubSpot

HubSpot is a marketing, sales, and service software company that helps businesses of all sizes grow. This company took the top spot in Glassdoor’s 2020 rankings. Employees say the culture is what stands out about HubSpot: “Your coworkers are genuinely invested in your success and will extend themselves to ensure you have access to the resources you need.” HubSpot also allows some positions to work remotely, which is great for freelance developers who want to retain some degree of flexibility. The company is currently hiring Senior Web Developers and Android Developers.

DocuSign

Headquartered in San Francisco, DocuSign is an electronic signature product beloved by its employees. “The culture, people, and future of this company are certainly reasons to join. I love my job and I love coming into the office each day. It’s a great environment to learn and grow,” says one reviewer on Glassdoor. DocuSign offers numerous comprehensive benefits with a special focus on inclusivity and diversity (something unique in Silicon Valley). Employees are invited to join Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) including BOLD (Brown Organization of Leadership & Development), Honor (Veterans), Latinx, and Parents, among others. There are tons of positions open at DocuSign, including one for a Senior Java Developer.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn consistently ranks highly for being a great place to work in Silicon Valley, though some employees note that the work culture is a bit competitive. Developers who are interested in working for an inspirational and high-profile CEO should look no further than Reid Hoffman (co-founder) and Jeff Weiner (CEO), two thought leaders who feature prominently in Silicon Valley. “Many of the smartest and most talented leaders in Silicon Valley are here,” notes one employee review. Browse their developer jobs on – where else – LinkedIn.

GitLab

GitLab is a DevOps lifecycle planning and collaboration tool used by more than 100,000 companies worldwide. Comparably data shows that GitLab is one of the best places to work in Silicon Valley – this company has many developers’ dream jobs. Flexible hours, transparency, and a positive work environment all make GitLab unique. There’s a favorable remote work policy for freelancers who wish to work from home and a deep commitment to inclusivity and diversity. The company is ranked 4.9 out of five stars on Glassdoor – and luckily, they’re almost always hiring developers.

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