Best Companies to Work For in the 500

June 2, 2014, 1:09 PM UTC


The insurance giant hosts an annual six-day appreciation week; last year it included theme park visits, film showings, skating, and daily giveaways.

Fortune 500 rank: 125
Best Companies rank: 58

What makes it so great?
Aflac offers grants toward closing costs for employees who are first-time homebuyers below a certain income level and participate in financial counseling.

American Express

Get ready for more of this American Express has gotten the word out that it's a solid place to work. As one of the 100 largest companies in the U.S. by revenue, it has little problem receiving applications for vacant jobs. In fact, it has about 13 times the number of applicants for its current existing jobs. Once there, AmEx employees tend to stay -- voluntary turnover is 9.5% and about 16% of its U.S. workforce has been at the company for two decades. AmEx has also made sure it has a diverse mix of executives up top -- women make up 33% of senior management.

Fortune 500 rank: 67
Best Companies rank: 90

What makes it so great?
AmEx uses social media to recruit job candidates. More than 100 videos on YouTube feature employees candidly describing what they do.

Capital One Financial

Capital One

What they're looking for: Capital One has a range of open positions for executives, analysts, IT professionals, tellers, call center representatives, and mortgage professionals. They also have openings in finance, HR, risk management, risk operations, and commercial banking. Job title with the largest number of openings: The company has approximately 700 open positions for call center representatives. Secrets to impressing their recruiters: "We look for people with strong quantitative, analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills combined with interpersonal, leadership and communication skills," says Tommy Blanchard, vice president of recruiting.

Fortune 500 rank: 124
Best Companies rank: 85

What makes it so great?
The bank's university offers 2,084 instructor-led courses and 1,668 virtual classroom sessions.



The car dealership runs 117 no-haggle used-car lots. CEO Tom Folliard stays accessible to all employees via town hall meetings and steak cookouts.

Fortune 500 rank: 240
Best Companies rank: 54

What makes it so great?
The largest used-car retail chain in the U.S. has a "time away" policy that allows associates to take off as much time as they need, without a quota.

Chesapeake Energy

Fortune 500 rank: 163
Best Companies rank: 51

What makes it so great?
The landscaped headquarters of the natural-gas producer is designed to look like a college campus and includes a large child-care center.

Cisco Systems

Fortune 500 rank: 55
Best Companies rank: 55

What makes it so great?
Employees stay fit inside a 118,000-square-foot, gold-level LEED-certified health center and can drop off kids at two onsite care centers.

Darden Restaurants

Fortune 500 rank: 319
Best Companies rank: 74

What makes it so great?
More than half of the restaurant group's employees donate to a program that provides relief to employees facing emergencies.

Devon Energy

Fortune 500 rank: 270
Best Companies rank: 56

What makes it so great?
Last year the oil and gas driller opened the Doc, a new medical clinic in its 50-story headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City.

Discovery Communications

Fortune 500 rank: 460
Best Companies rank: 79

What makes it so great?
The nonfiction media giant (Discovery Channel, TLC, and Animal Planet) offers onsite medical clinics and fitness programs.

EOG Resources

Fortune 500 rank: 203
Best Companies rank: 97

What makes it so great?
The oil company's generous matching plan for charitable donations is dollar for dollar up to $75,000.


General Mills

Fortune 500 rank: 159
Best Companies rank: 64

What makes it so great?
The cereal maker took a stand in 2012 to oppose an amendment that would have barred same-sex marriages in Minnesota.

Goldman Sachs

Fortune 500 rank: 74
Best Companies rank: 45

What makes it so great?
Staff won for the fastest corporate team in the annual race up the steps of the Empire State Building.



Google's "Bureaucracy Busters" program was designed to cut down on internal red tape and make administrative processes more efficient. Instead of creating a committee of senior leaders to conduct an internal review of various processes and make recommendations, CFO Patrick Pinchette asked all employees to post their bureaucracy-cutting suggestions on an internal site and vote on the ones they found most promising. Ultimately, close to 4,500 Google employees voted on nearly 1,200 employee-generated ideas. This year, Google has begun implementing changes, which range from improving their internal expense report system to adding more maps of buildings around their campuses. Nine of the top 10 suggested improvements have been enacted, with the tenth currently in progress.

Fortune 500 rank: 46
Best Companies rank: 1

What makes it so great?
Google’s stock climbed past $1,000 in 2013—a boon for Googlers, all of whom are stockholders. CEO Larry Page urged them to be "audacious," especially in philanthropy. Google donates $50 for every five hours an employee volunteers. Last year a new program sent employees to Ghana and India to work on community projects.


Fortune 500 rank: 53
Best Companies rank: 84

What makes it so great?
Six Embraer passenger jets ferry 4,500 employees a week between locations in Arizona, California, and Oregon.


Marriott International

Fortune 500 rank: 219
Best Companies rank: 57

What makes it so great?
The global hotel chain with 19 brands prides itself on mobility, with more than 50% of managers having started as hourly associates.


Fortune 500 rank: 34
Best Companies rank: 86

What makes it so great?
The software giant covers 100% of health insurance premiums for employees and all their dependents.




All new employees at data storage provider NetApp participate in the TOAST ("Training On All Special Things") orientation program, which introduces new arrivals to NetApp's senior management. The sessions are held every month and are always led by the executive team. Last year, NetApp held 20 TOAST sessions at five locations with a total of 3,000 employees.

Fortune 500 rank: 411
Best Companies rank: 33

What makes it so great?
Employees at this data-management and -protection company enjoy five paid days off a year to volunteer within their community.



Fortune 500 rank: 224
Best Companies rank: 89

What makes it so great?
Sales clerks are paid by commission, with average pay of $41,000, while managers average $57,000.

Publix Super Markets

Publix Super Markets made the list.

Fortune 500 rank: 104
Best Companies rank: 75

What makes it so great?
CEO Ed Crenshaw on being 100% employee-owned: "Having skin in the game is the bedrock of our company's success."



Local farmers must love this wireless company as much as its employees do. Once a week, San Diego-based Qualcomm hosts a farmers market at two of its locations. Items sold range from traditional produce to jams and jellies. Employees with CSA veggie box subscriptions can pick up their produce packages at one of the HQ's cafés.

Fortune 500 rank: 120
Best Companies rank: 32

What makes it so great?
The mobile-technology supplier is an award-happy place: $1,500 bonuses for filing a new patent went to 1,794 employees last year.


Fortune 500 rank: 306
Best Companies rank: 42

What makes it so great?
The medical device maker provides opportunities for employees to see products in action by observing surgeries.

Whole Foods Market

Fortune 500 rank: 218
Best Companies rank: 44

What makes it so great?
Team members are permitted to explore hundreds of promotional opportunities and new jobs that open every year.