SAUSALITO – Glassdoor.com released the third-annual Employee's Choice Awards, identifying the top 50 Best Places to Work based on surveys collected from employees across the U.S. in 2010. The Marin County company hosts an online jobs and career community where people share workplace insights.

The awards are based on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their work environment and senior management throughout the year in an anonymous survey. The survey address workplace factors including work/life balance, career opportunities, communication, compensation and benefits, fairness and respect, employee morale, recognition and feedback, and senior leadership.

The ranking was determined by each company's overall rating, which is the cumulative average rating from employees who chose to participate in the survey from Dec. 1, 2009, to Dec. 1, 2010.

The top five Best Places to Work, according to the survey, are Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Bain & Company, General Mills and Edelman.