Top 10 American employers

Nell Walker
- Top 10 - Apr 21, 2017

Employee rights are forever evolving and growing in importance; a company which doesn’t treat its staff well or prioritize the wellness of its workers will be at a distinct disadvantage, and lose good people unnecessarily.

We explore which American businesses have performed the best as employers, based on Forbes’ 2016 list.

10. Seattle Children’s

This Washington children’s hospital is renowned for an exceptional reputation, named the sixth best children’s hospital in America by US News and World Report in 2015. It was founded by Anna Herr Clise in 1907 and has expanded hugely year-on-year, becoming increasingly concerned with widening its treatment abilities as well as its carbon footprint. Despite the inherently high-stress environment, staff at Seattle Children’s are pleased enough with it for the organization to secure the number 10 spot.

9. Mayo Clinic

Started in 1889 in Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic is a national non-profit research group that spends over $660 million a year on vital medical research. The healthcare giant employs over 4,500 doctors and scientists, plus 57,100 health staff – staff who are clearly very happy in their jobs. US News & World Report named the Mayo Clinic the number one hospital in America, and it has ranked highly on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 13 years straight.

8. JetBlue Airways

The sixth largest airline in the US, JetBlue – best known as jetBlue – was incorporated in 1998 and transports Americans to 100 different locations with a fleet of 228. It is a low-cost airline which has always sought to nurture a reputation as making the experience of air travel as comfortable as possible on a reasonable budget. In the words of David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, the company looks “to bring humanity back to air travel” – a promise which clearly extends to employees.

7. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

UIHC is a large teaching hospital located in Iowa City, employing more than 7,100 people. It is the state’s only comprehensive, tertiary-level center as well as its foremost medical facility. Patients region-wide are sent to the hospital for the treatment of more complicated illnesses and injuries, due to the fact that the US News and World Report ranked University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics number one in the state.

6. SAS Institute

This North Carolina company, formed in 1976, creates analytics software for Fortune 500 businesses. It has a strong reputation for being a great place to work, with benefits programmes, healthcare opportunities, day care, and counselling services available. Google used SAS as a model for its own employee benefits system, and the work it has put into buoying employees has paid off, creating an extremely loyal team of staff.

5. United Services Automobile Association

The USAA, a Fortune 500 financial services group, offers its diverse range of products to people who have served or are serving in the US military, plus their families. This good cause was founded by army officers in 1922, and at the end of 2015, there were 11.4 million members. In the same year, the number of staff was counted at over 28,200 people all over the world.

4. Wegmans Food Markets

The New York-based, privately-based supermarket has gained huge popularity since its inception 101 years ago, now owning 92 stores. With an impressive fanbase that adores the selection of produce and organic options, the company is also well known for the high levels of employee happiness; since Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list began in 1998, Wegmans has appeared on it, even ranking amid the top 10 for eight years in a row.

3. Costco

Costco was founded in 1976 and carved out a niche as a membership-only wholesale retailer. Its branches can now be found in 10 other nations as well as America, and it is the second largest retailer in the world (after Walmart). While most Costco locations are not unionized, there are employee agreements in all branches which are revised every three years. As of 2005, in America, eighty-five percent of workers had health insurance – a vast improvement on less than fifty percent at Walmart and Target.

2. Google

One of the largest technology companies in the world needs to be good to its workers in order to retain the best talent. Founded just 18 years ago, the company is everywhere, powering our online searches and devices. Google has ranked number one three times in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and continuously updates its corporate code to ensure employee and customer lives are improved as much as possible; one of the current mottos being ‘do the right thing’.

1. Marathon Petroleum

A surprising choice perhaps, but a deserved one, according to Forbes. The company has earned the top spot most notably by buying a refinery from BP in 2013 and turning it from a disaster area into a success, with its already-established expert organization and a positive working environment. Perhaps unusually in this sector, Marathon prides itself on a caring team and collaborative hierarchy, allowing it the honor of being voted the number one best American employer.

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