Hilton-best companies to work for 2019
Courtesy of Hilton

    A few years ago, while in downtown Cleveland for the opening of a brand-new Hilton hotel, Chris Nassetta had a chance to try on the staff uniforms. “I put on a housekeeper’s jacket and I’m like, Wow, this is heavy,” the Hilton CEO told Fortune recently. “It didn’t feel very comfortable or flexible, and I’m thinking, We got this wrong—we’re not giving them the right clothing to wear.” Nassetta and his team decided that changes were in order; in early 2018 the company launched a partnership with Under Armour to have the sports apparel giant redesign lighter, more comfortable work wear.

    That’s just one of several ­employee-focused changes that have crowned the 100-year-old Hilton as the Best Company to Work For in America. It’s sweet validation for Nassetta, who upon taking the reins at Hilton in 2007 found an organization that “had lost our way a bit,” he said. “We forgot that we are a business of people serving people, and the corporate environment got very disconnected from the front line.”

    Under Nassetta’s guidance, Hilton has launched an expansive program to upgrade “back-of-house” areas used by staff to make them as spiffy as the areas guests use. As seen on a recent visit to the New York Hilton Midtown, renovated employee spaces featured better lighting and more comfortable furnishings, as well as an updated cafeteria (free for most employees) with TVs and even massage chairs for folks on break. The company has also established a free program enabling employees to earn their GEDs and formed Hilton University where they can enroll in workshops and training. According to the Great Place to Work Institute, Hilton outperforms when it comes to satisfaction among typically more disenfranchised “line-level” workers, such as cleaning and kitchen staff.

    With the stock up 274% from its IPO price in 2013, investors are no doubt cheering the employee-first changes too. Says Nassetta of his staff, “I am obsessed with taking care of them.” Sounds like a formula for a long stay as a Best Place to Work. —Rey Mashayekhi

    Read the Great Place to Work review here.

    Company Info

    Rank last year33
    Years on list4
    HQ locationMcLean, Va.
    Job openings (as of February 2019)6,492
    Revenue, 2018 or most recent year ($M)$8,906
    Year founded1919
    Type of organizationPublic
    Number of work sites275


    100% health coverageNo
    Unlimited sick daysNo
    Job sharingYes
    Subsidized childcareYes
    Compressed work weeksYes
    Fully-paid sabbaticalsYes
    On-site fitness/subsidized gymYes
    On-site medical care facilityYes
    Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientationYes
    Health insurance for part-timersYes
    Sick days for part-timersYes
    College tuition reimbursementYes
    Student loan debt repaymentYes
    Medical facility at all locationsNo


    % Minorities69%
    % African-American/Black22%
    % Asian14%
    % Caucasian/White31%
    % Hispanic/Latino29%
    % Native American/Alaska Native-
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander1%
    % Two or more races3%
    % Unknown ethnicity-

    Paid Time Off

    General PTO35
    # Sick days26


    Most common job (for salaried employee)Senior Sales Manager
    Avg. base pay (salaried)-
    Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$22,564
    Total pay for most common job (salaried)-

    Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)

    Full-time and part-time job growth-
    # of job applicants1,461,581
    Avg. # of applicants per opening24
    # New graduates hired-