Special Report

America's Best Companies to Work For

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19. H-E-B
> Glassdoor rating: 4.1/5
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Charles Butt)
> Industry: Grocery stores
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 76,000

H-E-B is a San Antonio-based supermarket chain with more than 340 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico. H-E-B is the highest rated major supermarket chain, with an average employee rating of 4.1 out of 5.0 stars. One factor that may separate H-E-B from other grocery chains is the company’s flexible scheduling. At least 13% of employee reviews on Glassdoor mention either a flexible schedule or flexible hours as benefits of working at H-E-B.

One of the main components of employee satisfaction is approval of senior management. H-E-B CEO Charles Butt, the grandson of the company’s founder, currently has a 98% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor, far higher than the 67% average across all companies.

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18. Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.1/5
> CEO approval rating: 98% (Shantanu Narayen)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: $1.2 billion
> Employees: 15,706

Adobe employees are among the happiest in the U.S. workforce. Based on Glassdoor reviews, people at the company respect their peers and appreciate the corporate culture. Adobe employees are also well compensated. Salaries for computer scientists and software engineers — two of the most common positions at Adobe — average more than $100,000 a year.

Like many other companies on this list, Adobe is a Silicon Valley-based tech company. Employment in the technology sector is projected to grow far faster than in most industries in the coming years.

17. Ceridian
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 92% (David Ossip)
> Industry: Technology
> Profit: N/A
> Employees: 8,776

Ceridian is a private, Minneapolis-based technology company that designs products to help companies manage their employees’ payroll and benefits. It is also one of the best companies to work for in the country. As is the case with most companies on this list, employees regularly cite the Ceridian’s generous pay, benefits packages, and work environment. Among the benefits is a 50% 401(k) match up to 6% of the employee’s salary. Employees are also often allowed to work remotely.

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16. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 89% (Gary C. Kelly)
> Industry: Airlines
> Profit: $2.2 billion
> Employees: 53,500

Southwest Airlines’ employee satisfaction rating has risen steadily over the past year from about 4.0 stars out of 5 to 4.2 stars out of 5. The company is now tied with Delta as the highest rated airline on Glassdoor. Factors boosting employee satisfaction at Southwest are free flights and flight perks. Employees and their dependents can fly unlimited for free, and they are able earn credits that can be used for free merchandise, gift cards, and other rewards. Approximately 28% of employee reviews mention either the company’s overall benefits, flight benefits, or free flights as advantages to working at Southwest Airlines.

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15. Keller Williams
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 96% (John Davis)
> Industry: Real estate
> Profit:
> Employees: 139,000

Keller Williams is a real estate firm that dedicates as many resources as it can to its agents, in the expectation that its investment will, in turn, build their own corporate brand. It appears the agents and other employees certainly appreciate the investment as they rate the company 4.2 stars out of 5.0 on Glassdoor on average. Employee reviews tout the company’s comprehensive training and note how the profit sharing program encourages agent-to-agent support. Realtors with the company earn an average annual salary of $50,300 and an additional $34,000 in commission and bonuses.

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14. Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL)
> Glassdoor rating: 4.2/5
> CEO approval rating: 91% (Edward Bastian)
> Industry: Airlines
> Profit: $4.4 billion
> Employees: 84,000

At 4.2 stars out of 5, Delta is tied with Southwest Airlines for the highest employee rating of any airline in the United States. By far the most widely cited perks of working for the airline are the travel benefits, which include free standby flights and discounted confirmed seats. The company also has a profit sharing program, which can boost the $42,000 average base annual salary for a flight attendant by several thousand dollars a year.

Delta was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1924 and currently has a fleet of about 800 aircraft.