Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

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34. Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: N/A
> Industry: Pharmaceuticals
> Profit: $2.7 billion
> Employees: 18,860 (U.S.)

Eli Lilly is one of a select group of large companies to garner a 4 out 5 stars on Glassdoor. Like many other companies on this list, Eli Lilly pays its employees well. Many relatively common positions in the company, including managers, consultants, and researchers, pay over six figures on average. In Glassdoor reviews, employees regularly tout the company’s benefits and culture.

33. Toyota North America (NYSE: TM)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: N/A
> Industry: Automotive
> Profit: $16.8 billion
> Employees: 48,310 (North America)

The North American division of the world’s largest automaker is also one of the most respected employers in the country. Employees regularly cite among the perks of working at the company such benefits as heavily discounted vehicle leasing programs, high pay, and healthy work-life balance.

While some may discount the claim that happy employees make a better product, at Toyota it might actually be true. Toyota ranks near the top of the Consumer Reports auto brand chart in reliability and customer satisfaction. Indeed, four of the 20 top-selling vehicles the UnIted States are Toyotas, including the RAV4, the third most popular vehicle.

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32. Roche
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 96% (Severin Schwan)
> Industry: Pharmaceuticals
> Profit: $10.1 billion
> Employees: 25,494 (North America)

The second pharmaceutical company among the best companies to work for is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. Still, Roche’s U.S. employees are among the most satisfied of any American workers. More than 4,000 of the company’s 25,500 North American employees work at its Indianapolis division. Roche also has operations in several states including California, New Jersey, and Texas. As is the case with most companies on this list, jobs at Roche tend to be high skilled and high paying. None of the most common jobs at the company have an average annual salary below $80,000, and most pay more than $100,000.

Roche acquired San Francisco-based biotech company Genentech for $46.8 billion in 2009. Genentech also ranks as one of the best companies to work for.

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31. CDW (Nasdaq: CDW)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: 93% (Thomas E. Richards)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $424 million
> Employees: 7,500 (North America)

CDW sells IT services as well as hardware and software technology to clients in both the public and private sectors, including health care and education institutions. Unlike most companies on this list, base salaries at CDW are relatively low. According to Glassdoor data, account managers with the company make an average annual base salary of only about $28,300. However, after tips, bonuses, and commission, the typical account manager at CDW earns nearly $50,000 annually. Employees tout the company’s good work-life balance, and many enjoy the ability to work from home much of the time.

Technology is a high growth sector, and CDW’s net sales climbed from $12.1 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2016.

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30. Wegmans Food Markets
> Glassdoor rating: 4.0/5
> CEO approval rating: N/A
> Industry: Grocery stores
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 47,000

Rochester, New York-based Wegmans Food Markets is one of only three supermarkets to rank among the best companies to work for. Wegmans employs some 47,000 people across its 93 locations in six Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Current and former Wegmans employees commonly cite flexible scheduling hours, good pay, and generous benefits among the company’s perks.

Earlier this year, the company’s long-time CEO Danny Wegman stepped down, passing down the top spot to his daughter, Colleen Wegman. Danny Wegman was popular among his employees, with a 92% Glassdoor approval rating. Whether or not Colleen Wegman can measure up remains to be seen.