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Seattle's best employers? Amazon and Starbucks don't make the cut

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, photo, a shopper leaves a Costco Wholesale store in Cranberry Township, Pa. Costco Wholesale Corporation reports earnings, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

There are a lot of Seattle-based companies.

Of course the ones that jump to mind are the retail and coffee juggernauts of Amazon and Starbucks.

But they're not on Glassdoor's list of top 100 best places to work in 2019.

Five Seattle companies made the top 100 (none of them made the top 10) and Jeff Bezos didn't found any of them:

Expedia Group at number 92, Costco Wholesale at 79, T-Mobile at number 59, Microsoft at 34 and Slalom Consulting at number 14.

Glassdoor ranked the list based on a rating system, all from company reviews. There was an overall rating, along with several factor ratings including career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture and values, senior management and work-life balance. The catch is companies had to have at least a 3.5 overall rating and at least 2.5 overall ratings across each factor, to rank in the top 100.

So if a company provided incredible pay but had a toxic culture, they probably didn't appear on the list.

To beef up the data, each company in the category had to have at least 1,000 employees and record at least 75 reviews. The quality of the reviews was also included in the ultimate algorithm. If an employee had a written complaint, praise or other feedback, it was factored in.

It may not be a big surprise that Amazon didn't make the list. The company seems to be taking over the world, with claims of influencing tax policies and the fight across major metropolitan areas for future headquarters, but controversies about labor laws and how they treat employees could have affected reviews.

Editor's note: SeattlePI and KOMO News have a content-sharing agreement.

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