Monday, 21 August, 2017

FORTUNE 100: Wegmans takes #2 on 'Best Companies' list

A Cisco employee in a server room at the company’s headquarters A Cisco employee in a server room at the company’s headquarters
Heather Davidson | 12 March, 2017, 00:23

For the 20 year in a row, Wegmans is ranked among Fortune magazine's top 100 best companies to work for.

The number two spot is up from past year, when the chain was fourth on the list. This is the 12th straight year the company made the list.

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The ranking is based on criteria including workplace culture, how employees feel toward leaders, the pride employees take in their jobs and relationships with co-workers.

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Twelve companies have made the grade every time in the 20 years Fortune has been compiling the list: Cisco, Four Season Hotels and Resorts, Goldman Sachs, Marriott International, Nordstrom, Publix, REI, SAS, TDIndustries, Wegmans Food Markets, Whole Foods Market and W.L. Gore & Associates.

To select the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune and Great Place to Work survey more than 230,000 people.

"The best know they can't rest on their workplace laurels". The family-owned chain with 90 stores throughout the Northeast offers a tuition reimbursement plan for college-aged employees, a free cake on workers' birthdays and other perks, including hot chocolate breaks for staff required to work outdoors during the winter.

The rest of the top 10 were rounded out by Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Baird, Edward Jones, Genentech, ULTIMATE SOFTWARE, Salesforce, Acuity Insurance and Quicken Loans. In its 20th year, the ranking uses employee surveys and other data to rank the largest US firms on metrics such as leadership quality, personal and professional support, and coworker relationships.

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