Bay Area’s Cisco, Salesforce top list of Fortune’s best companies to work for

Fortune Magazine this week released its annual list of 100 best companies to work for, and during an unprecedented year of shutdowns and major workplace adjustments due to the pandemic, two Bay Area companies rose to the top as the number one and two best firms based on employee input.

San Jose-based tech giant Cisco was named at the very top of the list, moving up from the fourth slot last year. Cloud software leader Salesforce, with its headquarters in San Francisco, came in second, sliding up from the sixth spot.

Cisco has a worldwide workforce of 77,500 people. Employee perks offered by the company included telecommuting options, subsidized child care, sick days for part-time workers, and college tuition reimbursement. The company was praised for its focus on the well-being of its employees this past year.