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Apple climbed into the list of top 10 places to work in 2012, alongside fellow technology giants Google and Facebook, according to a new Glassdoor survey.

The fourth annual Employees’ Choice award highlights 50 of the best workplaces. The findings are measured through company employees’ survey responses on Glassdoor.com.

“The reviews are in,” said the career community website in its Dec. 14 press release. “Employees have spoken, revealing the best companies to work for in 2012; and, they love working at some of the biggest tech, science and management consulting companies in the nation…

Glassdoor’s 20-question survey asked employees about career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work and social life balance, communication and feedback, among other things.

Glassdoor CEO and founder Robert Hohman said employees from over 65,000 companies responded to the survey.

Apple landed the coveted No. 10 spot with a “Satisfied” rating of 3.9 out of 5, compared to last year’s No. 20 ranking with a 3.7 score.

Consulting firm Bain & Company took the top award at 4.7, followed by McKinsey & Company. Facebook won the No. 1 spot last year but slipped to third place with a score of 4.3, while Google rounded the top 5 with a 4.0 score.

Other top technology companies listed include Groupon at No. 40 and Intel at No. 32.

Apple is speedily expanding its workforce to match its growing business. The company had 60,400 full-time employees in September, up from 49,400 in fiscal 2010, according to its 2011 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In June, late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said the technology company has “grown like a weed.” Apple is struggeling to find room for its employees in Cupertino, Calif., as the company is subsequently planning to build a massive spaceship-like office to house 13,000 of its Silicon Valley employees.

(via GlassDoor)

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