The 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity 2017

Fortune’s annual list of companies in the U.S. doing the most to create inclusive cultures for minorities, LGBT employees, and women.

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The Best Workplaces in Diversity offer the very best workplace experiences according to the diverse employees who work there. To determine the list, Great Place to Work got feedback from 442,624 employees on more than 50 survey questions anonymously rating their employers.

For the purposes of this list, “diverse” employees were anyone who identified as a racial/ethnic minority, female, LGBTQ, disabled, or who was born in 1964 or earlier. We compared the experiences these employees reported to that of their colleagues, focusing on areas that the data revealed the most differentiation in their daily workplace experience. We also considered the degree of representation in the organization.

Rankings were driven by diverse employees’ feedback. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified standard, have at least 50 employees, and their survey results needed at least a 95% confidence level, and a 5% margin of error or better.

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Fortune’s annual list of companies in the U.S. doing the most to create inclusive cultures for minorities, LGBT employees, and women.

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Employees say:


“The company allows personal and career growth to be made more than a possibility. If one provides the effort and attitude to thrive, then multiple opportunities will be provided. They can vary from fair raises to achieving managerial level.”


“What I’ve found unique about working for this company is that you’re allowed to be yourself here without being judged by others. Management actually cares and values your opinions. It’s really liberating to be able to come to your workplace and feel at ease with who you’re working with because they care about you. You get to be yourself!”


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Company Info

HQ Location St. Louis
Industry Retail
Employees 3399
Year Founded 1997
# Work Sites 281
Web Address
Revenue (Most Recent Year) $364 million


Minorities 37%
Minority Executives 13%
Minority front-line managers 36%
Minority mid-level managers 13%
Women 88%
Women Executives 47%
Women front-line managers 90%
Women mid-level managers 78%
Boomers or older 6%

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