Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

41. Siemens
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,300
> CEO approval rating: 84% (Joe Kaeser)
> Employees: 343,000
> Industry: Diversified machinery
> Revenue: $78.8 billion

Siemens was founded in 1847 and today designs and manufactures various technologies for infrastructure projects, power generation, and medical diagnosis. The company employs 343,000 people in hundreds of countries. The state-of-the-art technology and a positive working environment are among the top features cited by employees.

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42. Pfizer
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 80% (Ian Read)
> Employees: N/A
> Industry: Drug manufacturer
> Revenue: $49.6 billion

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) employees praise the company on Glassdoor.com for its good pay and benefits. Scientists at the company earn over $110,000 annually on average, higher than the nationwide average for the profession. While satisfied employees often contribute to better performance overall, the best companies to work for are not necessarily the best-performing companies financially. Pfizer’s net income fell from $14.6 billion in 2012 to $9.1 billion in 2014.

43. Northwestern Mutual
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 1,900
> CEO approval rating: 93% (John E. Schlifske)
> Employees: > 5,000
> Industry: Financial services
> Revenue: $26.7 billion

Northwestern Mutual employees praise the financial services company for its flexible schedules and supportive managers. Also, while commission-based jobs can be inconsistent and stressful, many employees at Northwestern Mutual see this as a strength, citing “unlimited income potential.” Upper management also received high marks from employees. Over 90% of survey respondents thought highly of CEO John E. Schlifske.

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44. Whole Foods Market
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,300
> CEO approval rating: 80% (John Mackey and Walter Robb)
> Employees: 58,100
> Industry: Supermarkets
> Revenue: $3.2 billion

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is one of the largest retailer of natural and organic foods in the country. There are 424 stores worldwide. The grocery chain employs 58,100 people, and boasts a relatively low 11% turnover rate. In addition to the company’s stated devotion to sustainability and healthy living, Whole Foods seems willing to take good care of its employees. Current and former workers frequently praised praise the company for its great benefits. Eligible employees receive numerous perks, including medical care, dental plan, vision plan, life insurance, retirement savings, paid time off, and store discounts.

45. Gap
> Glassdoor rating:
> Number of reviews: 2,300
> CEO approval rating: 87% (Art Peck)
> Employees: 141,000
> Industry: Retail
> Revenue: $16.4 billion

Gap Inc., (NYSE: GPS) a clothing retailer operating companies like the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy employs about 141,000 people. People working in customer-facing service positions often report some of the lowest wages and employee satisfaction. Gap raised its minimum hourly wage to $9 in 2014, and to $10 per hour in June this year, which likely contributed to the favorable reviews. Gap workers cite perks such as the employee discount and flexible work hours. In addition, employees praise the company for its sustainable practices.

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