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Our 2016 Blue Ribbon list

By Christina Austin and Scott DeCarlo
December 7, 2016

Who are 2016’s top corporate dogs? This year, 34 names showed up on at least four of our seven most rigorous annual rankings—the Fortune 500, ­Global 500, Best Companies to Work For, Change the World list, World’s Most Admired Companies, 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, and Businessperson of the Year. Now they’re on one more: our Blue Ribbon list.

If you’re in the hunt for a new job, these companies could be a good place to start your search. After all, they’re either profitable, helping to change the world, highly regarded by their own employees, admired by others, or a combination of these attributes.

For an interactive-graphic view of this list, click here.

5 List Appearances

Alphabet googl

Google logo at the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters during its opening day in Singapore on Nov. 10, 2016.
Ore Huiying—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 36 on the Fortune 500
No. 94 on the Global 500
No. 1 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
No. 4 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

Gilead Sciences gild

Courtesy of Gilead Sciences

No. 86 on the Fortune 500
No. 316 on the Global 500
No. 4 on Change the World
No. 17 on Fastest-Growing Companies
World’s Most Admired Companies

Nike nke

A customer browses a wall of Nike sneakers on display for sale at Dick's store in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Aug. 18, 2016.
Sean Proctor—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 91 on the Fortune 500
No. 343 on the Global 500
No. 6 on Change the World
No. 24 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

4 List Appearances

Accenture acn

Visitors look at devices at the Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Albert Gea—Reuters

No. 312 on the Global 500
No. 84 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
No. 29 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Amazon amzn

Boxes move along a conveyor belt inside an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey on Nov. 28, 2016.
David Williams—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 18 on the Fortune 500
No. 44 on the Global 500
No. 2 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

American Express axp

American Express chip credit cards.
Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 85 on the Fortune 500
No. 302 on the Global 500
No. 96 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

Apple aapl

Attendees view new MacBook Pro laptop computers during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on Oct. 27, 2016.
David Paul Morris—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 3 on the Fortune 500
No. 9 on the Global 500
No. 11 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

Bank of America bac

A customer uses an ATM inside a Bank of America branch in New York on Oct.12, 2016.
Mark Kauzlarich—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 26 on the Fortune 500
No. 64 on the Global 500
No. 16 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Capital One Financial cof

Pedestrians walk past a Capital One Financial bank branch in New York on Oct. 14, 2016.
Mark Kauzlarich—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 112 on the Fortune 500
No. 430 on the Global 500
No. 88 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

Centene cnc

An entrance to the building housing Centene Corporation headquarters in Clayton, Mo.
Jeff Roberson—AP

No. 124 on the Fortune 500
No. 470 on the Global 500
No. 41 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

Cisco Systems csco

A Cisco logo is seen at the router in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2016.
Gleb Garanich—Reuters

No. 54 on the Fortune 500
No. 183 on the Global 500
No. 82 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

Coca-Cola ko

Coca-Cola signage seen on a delivery truck in Miami Beach, Florida on Oct. 24, 2016.
Scott McIntyre—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 62 on the Fortune 500
No. 206 on the Global 500
No. 11 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

CVS Health cvs

CVS Health has opened its first CVS Pharmacy locations within Target's Charlotte stores, including this store in Wesley Chapel, NC on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
Sean Meyers—CVS Health via AP

No. 7 on the Fortune 500
No. 18 on the Global 500
No. 28 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Facebook fb

David Marcus, vice president of messaging products for Facebook Inc., watches a presentation during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, on April 12, 2016.
Michael Short—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 157 on the Fortune 500
No. 3 on Fastest Growing Companies
No. 1 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

General Dynamics gd

U.S. Marines with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division travel through Helmand province, Afghanistan, in an M1A1 Abrams tank, foreground, in a convoy of military vehicles heading to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh Feb. 1, 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Lautenslager/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Lautenslager

No. 88 on the Fortune 500
No. 330 on the Global 500
No. 31 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

General Electric ge

Kristopher Grunert

No. 11 on the Fortune 500
No. 26 on the Global 500
No. 3 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

General Motors gm

Robotic machines weld together the frames of (SUV) during production at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, Texas on March 10, 2016.
Matthew Busch—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 8 on the Fortune 500
No. 20 on the Global 500
No. 12 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

Goldman Sachs Group gs

Courtesy of Goldman Sachs

No. 74 on the Fortune 500
No. 252 on the Global 500
No. 51 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

IBM ibm

A small interactive robot from IBM's Watson AI department shows fairgoers some moves at the Digital Business fair CEBIT in Hanover, central Germany, on March 15, 2016.
John MacDougall—AFP/Getty Images

No. 31 on the Fortune 500
No. 82 on the Global 500
No. 47 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Intel intc

An Intel demonstration team displays the company’s technology in a Yuneec unmanned aerial vehicle as part of their demonstrations on Feb. 22, 2016, at the 2016 Mobile World Congress.
Shawn Morgan/Intel Corporation

No. 51 on the Fortune 500
No. 158 on the Global 500
No. 12 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Johnson & Johnson jnj

A bottle of Johnson & Johnson Aveeno Baby wash and shampoo.
Daniel Acker—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 39 on the Fortune 500
No. 103 on the Global 500
No. 31 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

MasterCard ma

A Mastercard credit card.
Alastair Grant—AP

No. 294 on the Fortune 500
No. 7 on Change the World
No. 40 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

McDonald’s mcd

French fries in a McDonald's restaurant.
Zhang Peng—LightRocket via Getty Images

No. 109 on the Fortune 500
No. 420 on the Global 500
No. 25 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Microsoft msft

An employee uses a Microsoft Surface tablet computer at the company's Office and Experience Center during a media event for the opening of the workspace in Hong Kong, China, on March 4, 2016.
Bill H.C. Kwok—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 25 on the Fortune 500
No. 63 on the Global 500
No. 5 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

Netflix nflx

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things.'
Curtis Baker/Netflix

No. 379 on the Fortune 500
No. 20 on Fastest-Growing Companies
No. 13 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

PepsiCo pep

Cans of PepsiCo soda are arranged for a photograph in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on April 12, 2016.
Luke Sharrett—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 44 on the Fortune 500
No. 127 on the Global 500
No. 38 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Publix Super Markets push

Publix storefront in Indian Rocks Shopping Center in Largo, FL.
Brandon Cruz

No. 87 on the Fortune 500
No. 317 on the Global 500
No. 67 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

salesforce crm

Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive officer of Salesforce, speaks during the WSJDLive Global Technology Conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., on Oct. 26, 2016.
Patrick T. Fallon—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No. 386 on the Fortune 500
No. 23 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
No. 26 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Starbucks sbux

Courtesy of Starbucks

No. 146 on the Fortune 500
No. 45 on Change the World
No. 29 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

United Continental ual

A United Airlines plane taxis as a United Airlines [f500link]Boeing[/f500link] 767 lands at San Francisco International Airport, February 7, 2015.
Louis Nastro—Reuters

No. 80 on the Fortune 500
No. 265 on the Global 500
No. 20 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

United Technologies utx

Courtesy of United Technologies

No. 45 on the Fortune 500
No. 136 on the Global 500
No. 8 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

USAA usaa

Courtesy of USAA

No. 114 on the Fortune 500
No. 444 on the Global 500
No. 36 on 100 Best Companies to Work For
World’s Most Admired Companies

Walmart wmt

A Walmart worker organizes products for Christmas season at a Walmart store in Teterboro, New Jersey, U.S., October 26, 2016.
Eduardo Munoz—Reuters

No. 1 on the Fortune 500
No. 1 on the Global 500
No. 15 on Change the World
World’s Most Admired Companies

Walt Disney dis

Judy Hopps, (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Flash (voice of Raymond S. Persi) in Zootopia.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

No. 53 on the Fortune 500
No. 164 on the Global 500
No. 22 on Businessperson of the Year
World’s Most Admired Companies

A version of this article appears in the December 15, 2016 issue of Fortune with the headline “The Companies of the Year.”

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