But Fortune magazine's annual list of 100 Best Companies to work for offers a few bright spots on the job horizon, with Google topping the list for the seventh time in 10 years.
Here are three companies with current or new locations in the Northeast that made Fortune's list — and they're hiring.
Celebrating its 100 anniversary this year, this family-owned supermarket chain has 12 new stores slated to open, including one in Brooklyn's Navel Yard.
Besides flexible scheduling and benefits for part-timers, employees say it's a great place to work because of its atmosphere and quality bosses. The company also invests in its employees' wellbeing with immunizations, yoga sessions, cooking classes, and a wellness expert on-site at each location.
New college grads might want to consider Wegman's 3-year internship program, and their clear leadership structure that helps employees move up the ladder.
Even if you're not looking for a job, at least check out their famed salad bar.
IKEA is a stablizing force in a volatile world, bringing peaceful minimalism and equality to home furnishings, one Malm 3-drawer chest at a time.
So it comes as no surpirse that the Swedish furniture behemoth ranks 63rd on Fortune's list. Besides easy access to decadent cinnamon rolls, IKEA's 14,000 U.S. employees receive plenty of perks, the kind often associated with highly evolved socities, or, well, Scandinavia.
The company prides itself on hiring employees who exhibit humbleness, willpower, simplicity, togetherness and enthusiasm. It also values an "egalitarian work culture."
Case in point: IKEA provides all part-time workers who work more than 20 hours per week with full benefits, including gender reassignment, infertility treatments, and long-term disability, according to Fortune. IKEA aslo offers same-sex benefits and tuition reimbursement.
One reason to consider Hilton: The hotel chain has a wopping 9,749 job openings nationwide as of February 2016.
Hilton ranks 56th overall, but first on the percentage of minority employees. It's also beefing up its perks this year, and now offers two weeks of paid leave for dads and adoptive parents, in addition to 10 weeks of maternity leave and 25 vacation days, according to Fortune.
With a workforce comprised of 52% women and 67% minorities, the company is commited to diversity and empowering women through a mentoring program and an event series that promotes female leadership.
Where else can you find a workplace utopia? Here are the top ten companies from Fortune's 100 best list:
2. ACUITY Insurance
3. The Boston Consulting Group
4. Wegmans Food Markets
5. Quicken Loans
6. Robert W. Baird
7. Kimley-Horn and Associates
8. SAS Institute
9. Camden Property Trust
10. Edward Jones
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