Special Report

The Best Company to Work for in Every State

16. Kansas
> Best company to work for: Waddell & Reed
> Employees: 1,332
> Founded: 1937
> Headquarters: Overland Park, KS

Waddell & Reed is a publicly traded asset management company based in Overland Park, Kansas. Compensation is a significant factor in the company’s top rank in the state. The average employee earns over $88,000 a year, far more than the averages at competitors like Fidelity and Vanguard.

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Source: SGS

17. Kentucky
> Best company to work for: SGS
> Employees: 2,343
> Founded: 1946
> Headquarters: Louisville, KY

SGS provides a range of services, including brand design and marketing to corporate clients. The Louisville-based company receives high marks from its employees for high pay and generous benefits.

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Source: PHI INC

18. Louisiana
> Best company to work for: Petroleum Helicopters International
> Employees: 2,246
> Founded: 1949
> Headquarters: Lafayette, LA

Petroleum Helicopters International, or PHI, is a commercial helicopter operator with clients in the oil and gas industry. Employees of the Lafayette-based company receive competitive pay and benefits and on-site housing. The company has an average employee tenure of 3.2 years, and an average annual salary of about $87,000, each higher than the comparable figures of competitors.

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Source: IDEXX Laboratories

19. Maine
> Best company to work for: IDEXX Laboratories
> Employees: 8,377
> Founded: 1983
> Headquarters: Westbrook, ME

IDEXX develops and manufactures diagnostic and testing products for pets, livestock, poultry, and dairy. Many who work for IDEXX enjoy working to help animals and appreciate the positive impact the company has. Though it is headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, IDEXX has operations around the world.

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20. Maryland
> Best company to work for: Lockheed Martin
> Employees: 105,000
> Founded: 1995
> Headquarters: Bethesda, MD

Lockheed Martin is based in the Washington D.C. suburb of Bethesda and ranks as the best company to work for in Maryland. Lockheed is by far the largest defense contractor in the United States. Employees stay at the company for an average of 5.1 years, a longer tenure than competitors like Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. The average annual pay at the company of $92,00 is also higher than at competitors like Boeing and General Dynamics.

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