Finding the Best Employers for You
While you are organizing your job search and career planning, consider these companies which have been selected for inclusion based on their size (Large General Company Lists) or based on some criteria as "best employers" or "top companies" ("Best" or "Top" Companies Lists).
These employers may or may not be the best place for you to work, but the lists are good starting points and food for thought, hopefully introducing you to employers you had never considered before.
Lists of "Biggest" Companies
Inclusion in these lists is usually based on the size, typically measured in total annual sales.
- FORTUNE magazine’s annual Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the URS ranked by total sales. Job-Hunt links to the current Fortune 500 jobs and internships by rank and the by state.
- FORTUNE magazine’s Global 500. These are the largest companies in the world, as measured by FORTUNE’s criteria. Also available by fastest-growing revenues and fastest-growing profits.
- IndustryWeek 1000, the world's largest public manufacturers, ranked by revenue
- Forbes annual list of America’s Largest Private Companies ranked by size. "Private" means they are privately-owned, not offering publicly-traded shares of stock for sale.
- Inc. magazine produces an annual list, called the Inc. 5000. These are not the 5000 largest companies in the US, but they are fast-growing small and medium-sized companies: the 2012 Inc. 5000 list.
- Forbes 2012 200 Best Small Companies list. These are the "best performing companies with less than $1billion in revenue."
- Forbes magazine’s Forbes Global 2000 "are the biggest, most powerful listed companies in the world." The list is sortable by rank, name, industry, country, and other criteria.
"Best" or "Top" Companies Lists
The big kahuna in these lists is FORTUNE magazine’s annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work for." The Great Places to Work Institute pulls together the list for FORTUNE, and they have a Best Small and Medium Workplaces list, both for the USA. If you are looking outside the USA, see the World's Best Multinational Workplaces, again from the Great Places to Work Institute. And, if you are thinking of moving to Canada, check out the Best Employers for New Canadians.
Caution: Bear in mind that these lists represent someone else’s definition of "best" or "top" and their criteria may be quite different from yours.
For new grads & new MBA’s -
For women -
- National Association of Female Executives 2013 Top 50 Companies for Executive Women
- Working Mother magazine’s 2013 list of 100 Best Companies for Women
- Flexjobs.com's 2013 list of Best Companies for Flexible Green Jobs
- Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 2012 list of Best Law Firms for Women
If you are over 40 -
Other "best" lists:
- Human Rights Campaign’s 2010 list of Best Places to Work for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered employees
- Deloitte 2012 Technology Fast 500 companies
- BestPlacestoWork.org publishes an annual list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government (USA).
More lists for Canada -
- Best Workplaces in Canada - Large & Multinational
- Best Workplaces in Canada - 50 to 999 employees
- Best Workplaces in Canada - for Women
- 2012 Canada's Top 100 Employers by Canada’s Top 100
- Branham Group’s 2011 Top 300 Canadian Technology Companies plus other lists of top Canadian companies (e.g. software, consulting, wireless, etc.)
In addition, almost every metropolitan area in the U.S. has a "Best employers in …" list published either by a local news organization (newspaper, business newspaper, TV, etc.) . To find them, try Googling "best employers" (in the double quotation marks) +your location. For example, if you wanted to find the best employers in Iowa, you would search with this search – "best employers" +Iowa – and you would see relevant results (hopefully).
These are starting points, but the real value is that they may open your eyes to new possibilities. Take a thoughtful tour of those lists, and put together your own "best" employers list. Then target those employers for your job search. You may be much happier working for one of them, which could mean a longer time until your next job search.
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About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff "graduate" who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.