(The Center Square) – A new survey of employees who work for large employers ranks Northwestern Medicine the best organization to work for in Illinois, according to an analysis by the Forbes website.
The second annual Forbes list of top employers, which is based on a survey of 80,000 workers nationwide, consists of 51 separate rankings, one for each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Only employers with at least 500 workers on their payrolls were included in the survey.
Northwestern Medicine, which has 33,700 employees, is headquartered in Chicago, Forbes reports.
The surveys were carried out between October of last year and May of 2020, so employee opinions were collected before and after the coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States, according to Forbes. Forbes worked with the market research firm Statista to process the employee data.
Companies that showed up on multiple state lists of best employers tended to have the most widespread operations, such as FedEx, the survey found. And public agencies, such as the Department of Defense, tended to dominate the state lists, the publication reported.
The Forbes List of the Best Employer in Each State
StateCompanyEmployeesHeadquartersChief Executive OrderYear FoundedAlabamaUniversity of Alabama, Birmingham23,000Birmingham, Ala.Ray L. Watts1969AlaskaConocoPhillips5,304Houston, TexasRyan M. Lance1875ArizonaUnited Services Automobile Association (USAA)34,000San Antonio, TexasWayne Peacock1922ArkansasEntergy13,000New OrleansLeo P. Denault1913CaliforniaDelta Air Lines88,680AtlantaEdward Herman Bastian1924ColoradoBoulder Valley School District3,680Boulder, Colo.Rob Anderson1960ConnecticutESPN6,500Bristol, Conn.James Pitaro1979DelawareChristianaCare11,856Wilmington, Del.Janice Nevin1888District of ColumbiaMicrosoft92,335Redmond, Wash.Satya Nadella1975FloridaCostco Wholesale163,000Issaquah, Wash.Walter Craig Jelinek1983GeorgiaHouston County SchoolsAbout 3,000Perry, Ga.Mark Scott1870HawaiiMarriott International133,227Bethesda, Md.Arne M. Sorenson, Fumio Takashima1927IdahoMDU Resources Group,13,359Bismarck, N.D.David L. Goodin1924IllinoisNorthwestern Medicine33,700ChicagoDean M. Harrison1859IndianaSalesforce.com36,000San FranciscoMarc Russell Benioff1999IowaPrincipal Financial Group10,000Des Moines, IowaDaniel Joseph Houston1879KansasBlue Valley SchoolsN/AOverland Park, Kan.Cindy Bowling1965KentuckyFayette County Public Schools (KY)5,902Lexington, Ky.Manny CaulkN/ALouisianaStuller1,000-plusLafayette, La.Matt Stuller1970MaineL.L. Bean5,400Freeport, MaineStephen M. Smith1912MarylandWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)10,000Washington, D.C.Paul Wiedefeld1967MassachusettsBoston Children’s HospitalN/ABostonSandra L. Fenwick1869MichiganGrand Valley State University3,000Allendale, Mich.Philomena Mantella1960MinnesotaPresbyterian Homes and Services6,000St. Paul, Minn.Dan Lindh195MississippiRankin County School District2,130Brandon, Miss.Sue Townsend1940MissouriVeterans United2,379Columbia, Mo.Nathan Long2002MontanaCostco Wholesale163,000Issaquah, Wash.Walter Craig Jelinek1983NebraskaLincoln Public Schools8,170Lincoln, Neb.Dr. Steve Joel1871NevadaLas Vegas Valley Water District1,250Las VegasMarilyn Kirkpatrick1954New HampshireSouthern New Hampshire University6,297Manchester, N.H.Paul J. LeBlanc1932New JerseyApple90,000Cupertino, Calif.Tim Cook1976New MexicoHome Depot400,000AtlantaCraig A. Menear1978New YorkAmtrak19,600Washington, D.C.Richard H. Anderson1971North CarolinaSAS Institute6,908Cary, N.C.Jim Goodnight1976North DakotaUnited Parcel Service399,000AtlantaDavid P. Abney1907OhioProcter & Gamble97,000CincinnatiDavid S. Taylor1837OklahomaConocoPhillips5,304HoustonRyan M. Lance1875OregonAlaska Airlines23,000Seattle, Wash.Brad Tilden1932PennsylvaniaCarnegie Mellon University6,077PittsburghFarnam Jahanian1848Rhode IslandInternational Game Technology (IGT)12,100Las VegasMarco Sala1974South CarolinaSoutheastern Freight Lines6,600Lexington, S.C.W.T. Cassels III1950South DakotaMidcontinent Communications1,000Sioux Falls, S.D.Pat McAdaragh1931Tennessee3M37,412St. Paul, Minn.Michael F. Roman1902TexasH-E-B90,000San AntonioCharles Butt1905UtahUniversity of Utah Health Care8,000Salt Lake CityGordon Crabtree1965VermontMiddlebury CollegeN/AMiddlebury, Vt.Laurie Patton1800VirginiaRaytheon Technologies67,000Waltham, Mass.Gregory J. Hayes1922WashingtonNorthern Quest Resort & Casino1,000-plusAirway Heights, Wash.Nick Pierre2000West VirginiaToyota North America179,000Plano, TexasAkio Toyoda1933WisconsinProHealth Care4,700Waukesha, Wis.Susan Edwards1914WyomingState of Wyoming15,100Cheyenne, Wyo.Mark Gordon1890