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The best big companies to work for in 2021

April 12, 2021, 9:30 AM UTC

As a company grows, so too do its challenges. Communicating is harder. So is ensuring every corner of your company is living up to the standards you set. And culture? What worked with five employees is far harder to replicate at 50K. That’s why every year we celebrate the Best Big Companies to Work For. These honorees haven’t just created a great place to work, they’ve cemented their status as giants in their fields.

See last year’s Best Big Companies list here, and this year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, also published today, here. See the methodology for both of this year’s lists here.

1. Hilton

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Courtesy of Hilton

Number of employees globally: 127,980
Worldwide revenue: $9,452,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 20, 2020
Industry: Hospitality
Industry Vertical:
Hotel/Resort
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 3
Founded: 1919
Headquarters: McLean, Va.

Employees say:

“Hilton creates a true sense of belonging and is focused on Team Members first. I love that Hilton cares about making an impact in our communities and globally when it comes to sustainability. The Hilton effect reaches all over the world and it is what Hilton is known for.”

2. Target Corporation

Number of employees globally: Confidential
Worldwide revenue: Confidential
Data provided on: March 23, 2020
Industry: Retail
Industry Vertical:
Other
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 14
Founded: 1946
Headquarters: Minneapolis

Employees say:

“Only about six weeks after I started employment here, I found out that I would be needing an urgent surgery that would have me off work for up to two months. I was surprised that not only was I given the time off with no problems whatsoever, Target provided me my full salary during the time off (truly a blessing). Also, my manager—and his manager—both called me before and after my leave to check in on me and generally showed support like I had never experienced with any previous employer. I remain really grateful for how Target treated me during that very stressful time.”

3. Marriott International, Inc.

Number of employees globally: 174,000
Worldwide revenue: $20,972,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 19, 2020
Industry: Hospitality
Industry Vertical:
Hotel/Resort
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 15
Founded: 1927
Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.

Employees say:

“One of the most welcoming and inclusive places I have ever worked as soon as I joined the company—this holds true from associates’ attitudes to diverse lunch options that are offered in the cafeteria. We are made to truly feel like we work for a global company that values other perspectives and cultures. Senior management is also very approachable and everyone has a shared sense of pride working for Marriott.”

4. Comcast

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Courtesy of Comcast

Number of employees globally: 190,000
Worldwide revenue: $108,940,000,000
Data provided on: Oct. 2, 2020
Industry: Telecommunications
Industry Vertical:
Other
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 21
Founded: 1963
Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pa.

Employees say:

“I love the way the company listens to its customers and its employees and then makes meaningful changes as a result. It does not discriminate in any way towards individuals and celebrates our differences and encourages people to speak out and be part of a team. We have amazing ERG’s where you don’t need to be to belong and they encourage employees to join and be an active part of them. Additionally, even though we are a large organization we care about the communities in which we serve in.”

5. Bank of America

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Courtesy of Bank of America

Number of employees globally: 208,131
Worldwide revenue: $91,244,000,000
Data provided on: Aug. 26, 2020
Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
Industry Vertical:
Banking/Credit Services
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 22
Founded: 1874
Headquarters: Charlotte, N.C.

Employees say:

“We are a global company and all across the globe, employees are provided with a tremendous amount of valuable resources, both for personal well being and for career development and opportunities.”

6. SAP America

Number of employees globally: 102,672
Worldwide revenue: $30,854,423,292
Data provided on: July 2, 2020
Industry: Information Technology
Industry Vertical:
Software
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 29
Founded: 1988
Headquarters: Newtown Square, Pa.

Employees say:

“There are always new challenges and new things to learn; the people treat each other respectfully, and we get our cues from the topmost management—the way that our executive leadership has responded to things like racial injustices, discrimination against immigrants, and the COVID crisis has been with warmth, kindness, and care.”

7. Deloitte

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Courtesy of Deloitte

Number of employees globally: 330,000
Worldwide revenue: $47,600,000,000
Data provided on: Oct. 9, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:

Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 34
Founded: 1845
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees say:

“There is a culture of discussing other opportunities with your peers/managers—and they will support you/help you get there even if you want to leave your current engagement. Furthermore, Deloitte is full of opportunities such as international projects with other global offices, partnerships with companies to offer professional training/learn new skills, special programs such as DFlex (ability to take extended leave with reduced salaried pay), and previously (before COVID-19) the ability to travel for work.”

8. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Number of employees globally: 276,000
Worldwide revenue: $42,400,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 18, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:
Consulting —Management
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 38
Founded: 1849
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees say:

“PwC has really stepped up its game during this global pandemic in terms of caring for its employees. Despite unknown financials, the company honored all job offers they had extended (including interns and college grads). Our CEO, Tim Ryan, speaks to us regularly (initially weekly, then bi-weekly, now monthly) to provide comfort and clarity as to the company strategy, tactics and plans to manage through the pandemic both on a professional and personal level. The company has stepped up to fight against racism in this country—leading the CEO Action, providing not financial support to social justice organizations, matching employee donations, and an employee council and commitment of professionals to build a more diverse workforce.”

9. KPMG LLP

Number of employees globally: 219,000
Worldwide revenue: $27,850,000,000
Data provided on: Aug. 31, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:

Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 39
Founded: 1897
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees say:

“I appreciate the global inclusion for digital Town Hall meetings where I can participate from my remote location. I also respect the mentorship programs from internal (finding someone to help you grow) to external (like being a University Mentor and supporting the next generation). This year the added summer holiday was an unusual move, but well-needed break in light of all the COVID-19 shut-down stress we all were under. Forcing us to take a week off, even if it was staycation, was helpful to reset the mind.”

10. Ernst & Young LLP

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Courtesy of EY

Number of employees globally: 282,893
Worldwide revenue: $36,400,000,000
Data provided on: Aug. 6, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:
Consulting—Management
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 41
Founded: 1894
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees say:

“I work with a great group of people on my immediate team. We are genuine and candid with each other and supportive of each other in all matters, professional, and personal. As a whole, our firm has been super supportive throughout the pandemic. Rather than lay off people for fear of decreased revenue, our leadership has decided to eliminate bonuses and other expenses so that we can keep people on the payroll. And they’ve encouraged our global EY community to do what we can to help others through these tough times—from individuals making masks to donate to first responders to coordinated group efforts to make donations to helping government agencies manage the testing and tracing of those affected with COVID. I feel our firm and our people care about each other and the broader global community.”

11. Publix Super Markets

Number of employees globally: 225,413
Worldwide revenue: $38,500,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 18, 2020
Industry: Retail
Industry Vertical:
Food/grocery
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 42
Founded: 1930
Headquarters: Lakeland, Fla.

Employees say:

“I am extremely grateful for this company. After 11 years working for another company, I found myself furloughed as a result of COVID-19. I turned to Publix, as I consider it, ‘The Disney World of Grocery Stores.’ The investment that this company has in its greatest asset, its people is unmatchable. I feel valued, respected, and fulfilled with the chance to deliver exceptional service to every customer that chooses Publix. I feel like, as an employee, my voice is heard and respected and that I can make a difference here. Thank you Publix for being ‘a great place to work’ (and then some!).”

12. Accenture

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Courtesy of Accenture

Number of employees globally: 506,000
Worldwide revenue: $44,343,215,013
Data provided on: Nov. 19, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:
Consulting—Management
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 44
Founded: 1989
Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

Employees say:

“Despite having over 500,000 employees world-wide, the company feels and operates like a small company. ‘Everyone knows everyone’ in my management and delivery circles. On top of that, the relationships and friendships I’ve built with people outside of my country wouldn’t have been possible without Accenture. We truly have a ‘we can do anything’ mentality and continue to prove it time and time again.”

13. DHL Express U.S.

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Courtesy of DHL

Number of employees globally: 104,000
Worldwide revenue: $18,407,580,000
Data provided on: Nov. 19, 2020
Industry: Transportation
Industry Vertical:
Package Transport
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 57
Founded: 1969
Headquarters: Plantation, Fla.

Employees say:

“I feel that we are blessed to be able to work at a company that has kept us safe while we are dealing with a pandemic and has taken all the precautions and went above and beyond for their employees.”

14. IBM

Number of employees globally: 352,600
Worldwide revenue: $77,147,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 20, 2020
Industry: Information Technology
Industry Vertical:
Other
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: 72
Founded: 1911
Headquarters: Armonk, N.Y.

Employees say:

“IBM is the epitome of an ethical company. I’m proud of that. IBM’s Research Division is one of the most highly regarded in the world. Top shelf people work here. When IBM decides to take on a challenge and truly put focus on it, it can achieve almost anything. IBM is very generous to people who work here, with time off and understanding when personal crises or unplanned situations occur.”

15. Abbott Laboratories

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Courtesy of Abbott Laboratories

Number of employees globally: 107,000
Worldwide revenue: $31,900,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 19, 2020
Industry: Health Care
Industry Vertical:
Other
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: N./A.
Founded: 1888
Headquarters: Abbott Park, Ill.

Employees say:

“I am extremely proud of the products we manufacture, especially in the time of a global pandemic. I think it is wonderful how we stepped up to the plate and delivered these much needed products so quickly. I think it is wonderful how we support local communities through things like the Giving Campaign and how we support people in times of natural disasters through things such as donations of nutritional products, etc. I have seen a ton of articles on social media about employees in Singapore helping to stock local grocery shelves during the pandemic. I always have a tear in my eye when I read stuff like this.”

16. Sanofi

Number of employees globally: 104,046
Worldwide revenue: $42,191,877,200
Data provided on: Oct. 27, 2020
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Industry Vertical:
Pharmaceuticals
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: N./A.
Founded: 2004
Headquarters: Bridgewater, N.J.

Employees say:

“The people and managers that I work with are located globally and I appreciate the diversity that makes up our team. When COVID hit and non-essentials began working from home, I have had access to everything I needed to perform my job, well done Sanofi!”

17. Tata Consultancy Services

Number of employees globally: 430,000
Worldwide revenue: $22,000,000,000
Data provided on: Sept. 17, 2020
Industry: Information Technology
Industry Vertical:
Software
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: N./A.
Founded: 1968
Headquarters: Edison, N.J.

Employees say:

“TCS is the only major Indian IT firm that decided not to lay off any employee amidst the slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. It is a truly global company which provides opportunity for employees to work for customers from different lines of businesses, different geographies, and an ocean of technology options to choose from.”

18. Infosys Limited

Number of employees globally: 242,371
Worldwide revenue: $1,270,000,000
Data provided on: May 19, 2020
Industry: Information Technology
Industry Vertical:
IT Consulting
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: N./A.
Founded: 1981
Headquarters: Richardson, Texas

Employees say:

“During the current global situation, I believe that Infosys has put the well-being of their employees above corporate profits and I believe that we, as an organization, will emerge from the other side with a stronger bond between employees and management. I do not believe a lot of companies can make the same claim.”

19. Teleperformance USA

Number of employees globally: 331,000
Worldwide revenue: $6,000,000,000
Data provided on: Nov. 20, 2020
Industry: Professional Services
Industry Vertical:
Telephone Support/Sales Centers
Rank on 2021 100 Best Companies: N./A.
Founded: 1978
Headquarters: Murray, Utah

Employees say:

“Taking everything in account it is a great place to work. Specifically I would say, this office cares about the employees’ health and safety very much, as we have experienced during COVID-19. At the very beginning we were sent home with all necessary equipment to work from home in a safe environment.”

A version of this article appears in the April/May issue of Fortune.