The 50 best small companies to work for of 2017, according to employees

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For a lot of people, working for a small company is better than working for a large one. The best small companies offer a faster pace, more access to the top brass, and great opportunities for growth. But finding the right small company is key.

So job-hunting and employee-review site Comparably analyzed its database of over 3 million employee ratings on 30,000 US companies to come up with this list of the top small companies, based on overall employee satisfaction rating. Small companies were defined as firms with less than 500 employees.

For its reviews, Comparably conducts detailed questionnaires, asking about everything from compensation information to areas like "Are your company's meetings effective?" and "Do you have a mentor at work?"

To make the list, each company needed at least 10 employee reviews with at least 100 ratings (feedback on specific questions). Companies with employees who answered more questions were weighted more heavily than those with staffers that provided fewer answers. Comparably also limited the data to reviews written in 2017.

Tech companies, known for their high pay and perks, dominated the list.

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No. 1: Persicope Data

No. 1: Persicope Data

Satisfaction rating:
4.52 out of 5

Company:
Periscope Data

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Periscope Data offers "big data" software that analyzes corporate data and helps business people collaborate.

No. 2: Pipedrive

No. 2: Pipedrive

Satisfaction rating:
4.5 out of 5

Company:
Pipedrive

Headquarters:
New York

What it does:
Pipedrive offers customer management software for salespeople.

No. 3: TripActions

No. 3: TripActions

Satisfaction rating:
4.5 out of 5

Company:
TripActions

Headquarters:
Menlo Park
, California

What it does:
TripActions offers corporate travel management software that encourages employees to save money for the company.

No. 4: Realvolve

No. 4: Realvolve

Satisfaction rating:
4.49 out of 5

Company:
Realvolve

Headquarters:
Greenwood Village, Colorado

What it does:
Realvolve offers customer management software for real-estate professionals.

No. 5: SiteTraker

No. 5: SiteTraker

Satisfaction rating:
4.46 out of 5

Company:
SiteTraker

Headquarters:
Palo Alto
, California

What it does:
SiteTraker offers enterprise project management software for large-scale projects.

No. 6: Fueled

No. 6: Fueled

Satisfaction rating:
4.45 out of 5

Company:
Fueled

Headquarters:
New York

What it does:
Fueled a mobile app design agency.

No. 7: Help Scout

No. 7: Help Scout

Satisfaction rating:
4.42 out of 5

Company:
Help Scout

Headquarters:
Boston

What it does:
Help Scout offers help-desk software.

No. 8: SendGrid

No. 8: SendGrid

Satisfaction rating:
4.41 out of 5

Company:
SendGrid

Headquarters:
Denver

What it does:
SendGrid offers software that manages corporate email campaigns and customer emails.

No. 9: Envoy

No. 9: Envoy

Satisfaction rating:
4.39 out of 5

Company:
Envoy

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Envoy is an iPad app that handles visitor registration to corporate offices.

No. 10: Code.org

No. 10: Code.org

Satisfaction rating:
4.38 out of 5

Company:
Code.org

Headquarters:
Seattle

What it does:
Code.org is a non-profit foundation that offers online computer programming courses.

No. 11: Impact Branding & Design

No. 11: Impact Branding & Design

Satisfaction rating:
4.38 out of 5

Company:
Impact Branding & Design

Headquarters:
Wallingford, Connecticut

What it does:
Impact is a marketing and digital marketing agency.

No. 12: Branch Metrics

No. 12: Branch Metrics

Satisfaction rating:
4.36 out of 5

Company:
Branch Metrics

Headquarters:
Palo Alto, California

What it does:
Branch Metrics provides "deep linking" tools that let mobile developers embed links in their apps and analyze how people are using the app.

No. 13: CivicActions

No. 13: CivicActions

Satisfaction rating:
4.35 out of 5

Company:
CivicActions

Headquarters:
Berkeley, California

What it does:
CivicActions is a software consultant that helps agencies and organizations create major custom software projects.

No. 14: Chatterkick

No. 14: Chatterkick

Satisfaction rating:
4.34 out of 5

Company:
Chatterkick

Headquarters:
Sioux City, Iowa

What it does:
Chatterkick is a digital-marketing company that specializes in social-media marketing.

No. 15: Cybereason

No. 15: Cybereason

Satisfaction rating:
4.33 out of 5

Company:
Cybereason

Headquarters:
Boston

What it does:
Cybereason makes computer-security software that helps to identify a hack in progress and stops it.

No. 16: BambooHR

No. 16: BambooHR

Satisfaction rating:
4.3 out of 5

Company:
BambooHR

Headquarters:
Lindon, Utah

What it does:
BambooHR offers cloud HR software for small businesses for recruiting, onboarding and managing employees.

No. 17: Enthusem

No. 17: Enthusem

Satisfaction rating:
4.3 out of 5

Company:
Enthusem

Headquarters:
Tampa, Florida

What it does:
Enthusem offers software that automates and personalizes direct marketing mail.

No. 18: Striim

No. 18: Striim

Satisfaction rating:
4.26 out of 5

Company:
Striim

Headquarters:
Palo Alto, California

What it does:
Striim offers software to analyze large amounts of data in real time.

No. 19: Lingotek

No. 19: Lingotek

Satisfaction rating:
4.24 out of 5

Company:
Lingotek

Headquarters:
Lehi, Utah

What it does:
Lingotek offers web-based automated language translation tools.

No. 20: Ytel

No. 20: Ytel

Satisfaction rating:
4.21 out of 5

Company:
Ytel

Headquarters:
Foothill Ranch, California

What it does:
Ytel offers contact-center software that conducts telephone marketing and handles inbound calls.

No. 21: Demandbase

No. 21: Demandbase

Satisfaction rating:
4.21 out of 5

Company:
Demandbase

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Demandbase offers marketing software that helps companies identify and close bigger deals with their key accounts.

No. 22: ParqEx

No. 22: ParqEx

Satisfaction rating:
4.19 out of 5

Company:
ParqEx

Headquarters:
Chicago

What it does:
ParqEx is an app that lets people rent out their private parking spots.

No. 23: BoldLeads

No. 23: BoldLeads

Satisfaction rating:
4.19 out of 5

Company:
BoldLeads

Headquarters:
Chandler, Arizona

What it does:
BoldLeads offers cloud software to help real estate professionals list properties and generate leads.

No. 24: Designing Digitally

No. 24: Designing Digitally

Satisfaction rating:
4.18 out of 5

Company:
Designing Digitally

Headquarters:
Franklin, Ohio

What it does:
Designing Digitally offers corporate online training software.

No. 25: Jammber

No. 25: Jammber

Satisfaction rating:
4.16 out of 5

Company:
Jammber

Headquarters:
Chicago

What it does:
Jammber offers software for music production and digital collaboration.

No. 26: RealSelf

No. 26: RealSelf

Satisfaction rating:
4.15 out of 5

Company:
RealSelf

Headquarters:
Seattle

What it does:
RealSelf is a website that helps people find doctors and treatments for cosmetic procedures.

No. 27: Lullabot

No. 27: Lullabot

Satisfaction rating:
4.15 out of 5

Company:
Lullabot

Headquarters:
Providence, Rhode Island

What it does:
Lullabot is a user interface design and application development consultant.

No. 28: Kollective Technology

No. 28: Kollective Technology

Satisfaction rating:
4.15 out of 5

Company:
Kollective Technology

Headquarters:
Bend, Oregon

What it does:
Kollective offers software that helps corporate computer networks run faster.

No. 29: Simplus

No. 29: Simplus

Satisfaction rating:
4.15 out of 5

Company:
Simplus

Headquarters:
Salt Lake City

What it does:
Simplus offers software for delivering quotes and estimates for use with Salesforce's software.

No. 30: Zeel

No. 30: Zeel

Satisfaction rating:
4.13 out of 5

Company:
Zeel

Headquarters:
New York

What it does:
Zeel is a marketplace for hiring vetted massage therapists.

No. 31: BizMerlin

No. 31: BizMerlin

Satisfaction rating:
4.11 out of 5

Company:
BizMerlin

Headquarters:
Vienna, Washington

What it does:
BizMerlin makes HR software that helps companies hire, onboard and manage employees.

No. 32: Swift Navigation

No. 32: Swift Navigation

Satisfaction rating:
4.1 out of 5

Company:
Swift Navigation

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Swift Navigation provides GPS software and technology for autonomous vehicles.

No. 33: Harp Interactive

No. 33: Harp Interactive

Satisfaction rating:
4.08 out of 5

Company:
Harp Interactive

Headquarters:
Lombard, Illinois

What it does:
Harp Interactive is a digital marketing and advertising agency that helps companies with social media and search engine advertising.

No. 34: Mobomo

No. 34: Mobomo

Satisfaction rating:
4.08 out of 5

Company:
Mobomo

Headquarters:
Vienna, Washington

What it does:
Mobomo designs applications and websites for companies and government agencies.

No. 35: OmegaFi

No. 35: OmegaFi

Satisfaction rating:
4.07 out of 5

Company:
OmegaFi

Headquarters:
Columbus, Georgia

What it does:
OmegaFi offers software to help Greek life fraternal organizations run their chapters.

No. 36: PC Pitstop

No. 36: PC Pitstop

Satisfaction rating:
4.03 out of 5

Company:
PC Pitstop

Headquarters:
Sioux City, Iowa

What it does:
PC Pitstop offers PC security software and software to detect performance performance problems.

No. 37: Wave Financial Inc.

No. 37: Wave Financial Inc.

Satisfaction rating:
4.01 out of 5

Company:
Wave Financial

Headquarters:
Toronto

What it does:
Wave offers financial software for small businesses.

No. 38: Cotopaxi

No. 38: Cotopaxi

Satisfaction rating:
4.01 out of 5

Company:
Cotopaxi

Headquarters:
Salt Lake City

What it does:
Cotopaxi makes outdoor gear and apparel to fund charitable giving.

No. 39: Asana

No. 39: Asana

Satisfaction rating:
3.98 out of 5

Company:
Asana

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Asana offers cloud-based software that helps teams manage projects and collaborate.

No. 40: Events.com

No. 40: Events.com

Satisfaction rating:
3.97 out of 5

Company:
Events.com

Headquarters:
San Diego

What it does:
Event.com offers event planning software and online registration software.

No. 41: DroneDeploy

No. 41: DroneDeploy

Satisfaction rating:
3.97 out of 5

Company:
DroneDeploy

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Drone Deploy offers software to capture images, map flights and analyze data captured by drone cameras.

No. 42: Widen Enterprises

No. 42: Widen Enterprises

Satisfaction rating:
3.95 out of 5

Company:
Widen Enterprises

Headquarters:
Madison, Wisconsin

What it does:
Widen offers a cloud service for managing and analyzing a business's digital content photos, web-to-print templates and so on.

No. 43: Revolution Prep

No. 43: Revolution Prep

Satisfaction rating:
3.94 out of 5

Company:
Revolution Prep

Headquarters:
Santa Monica, California

What it does:
Revolution Prep is a private tutoring and test-prep company.

No. 44: CreativeLive

No. 44: CreativeLive

Satisfaction rating:
3.92 out of 5

Company:
CreativeLive

Headquarters:
Seattle

What it does:
CreativeLive offers online classes for creative skills (design, photography, graphics, etc.)

No. 45: RevLocal

No. 45: RevLocal

Satisfaction rating:
3.91 out of 5

Company:
RevLocal

Headquarters:
Granville, Ohio

What it does:
RevLocal helps businesses create and manage their online marketing campaigns.

No. 46: Unitrends

No. 46: Unitrends

Satisfaction rating:
3.9 out of 5

Company:
Unitrends

Headquarters:
Burlington, Massachusetts

What it does:
Unitrends offers computer storage backup software and disaster recovery hardware for small businesses.

No. 47: Chrome River Technologies

No. 47:  Chrome River Technologies

Satisfaction rating:
3.87 out of 5

Company:
Chrome River Technologies

Headquarters:
Los Angeles

What it does:
Chrome River Technologies offers expense reporting and invoice management software.

No. 48: Acorns

No. 48: Acorns

Satisfaction rating:
3.85 out of 5

Company:
Acorns

Headquarters:
Irvine, California

What it does:
Acorns is a finance company that specializes in "micro investing." It rounds up every purchase that you make to the nearest dollar, then invests that change in stocks and bonds of your choosing.

No. 49: Baker

No. 49: Baker

Satisfaction rating:
3.83 out of 5

Company:
Baker

Headquarters:
Denver

What it does:
Baker makes customer management and marketing software for the marijuana dispensary industry.

No. 50: Entelo

No. 50: Entelo

Satisfaction rating:
3.81 out of 5

Company:
Entelo

Headquarters:
San Francisco

What it does:
Entelo offers a recruiting platform that helps HR professionals to find candidates.

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