After surveying over 25,000 people between December 11th, 2017 and January 12th, 2018 for The Harris Poll’s annual Reputation Quotient study, we uncovered the top five reputable companies in America to work for this year. They range from innovative brands like Tesla pushing the boundaries of human capabilities to in-your-backyard grocery chains like Wegmans. Here’s each brand and what past and present employees say about working there:
At #1, Wegmans has been widely praised for being a values-based company and, in keeping with its family-owned heritage, the company offers schedule flexibility, opportunities for growth and thoughtful gestures like hot chocolate for employees working outside in the cold.
“The store really cares about its employees, offering services such as free flu shots, free meals for doing something simple (like checking your blood pressure), etc,” wrote a former employee on Glassdoor. “Wegmans provides a family atmosphere in a large company. It was like a home to me and not just a job,” a recent employee added. According to Business Insider, Wegmans is a “superior employer” in the grocery industry. “The company offers healthcare coverage for workers as well as college scholarships, paying about $4.5 million in tuition assistance to employees each year.”
Last year, the company also ranked second on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Nipping at Wegmans’ heels is the Georgian fast-food restaurant chain that invented the chicken sandwich. Chick-fil-A was also on Glassdoor’s list of best places to work for and former employees say it has “supporting coworkers and management.” “If you like helping people, it’s a great place to do so and grow,” said another employee. Chick-fil-A also offers employees scholarship opportunities through its Remarkable Futures program — almost 36,000 scholarships over the last few years. Selected applicants can receive up to $25,000. And employees have even been hailed by BuzzFeed for their signature customer service.
Chickfila: "hi welcome to Chickfila it's a beautiful day it is 72° and you are blessed abundantly how may I help you"
Mcdonalds: "go head"
— Sosa Parks (@JHarv_41) September 21, 2015
- Tesla Motors
You can’t say Tesla without thinking about the remarkable mind behind commercializing space odysseys and making green cars mainstream: Elon Musk. Tesla’s slogan “leave your mark on the world” permeates the workplace as one current employee notes that the work culture is “centered around what’s best for you.” The employee also described being “surrounded by innovation and great management. People actually work as a team. Hard work is recognized.”
In 2015, Product Specialist Victoria Danahy wrote about declining a more lucrative position at Apple to stay at Tesla. Tesla workers don’t care about the “I work for a sexy company” status, she said. They are immersed in the meaning their work carries, which is embodied in part of the company’s mission statement: “To accelerate the advent of sustainable transport.”
“It is a known fact that Tesla employees work long hours, and don’t get paid as well as other tech companies,” wrote Danahy. “But they aren’t taken advantage of because they know very well what they are in for before signing the dotted lines.”
Employees have commended the multinational package delivery company for offering tuition reimbursements, opportunities for growth and “amazing” benefits. Last year, WLKY reported UPS’s plans to offer retention bonuses, and hire hundreds of package handlers in northern Kentucky. The plan was part of the company’s School-to-Work program. There is also a strong sense of camaraderie among workers; in 2017, UPS workers in Alabama came together to donate a car to a co-worker.
- Publix Super Markets
In addition to being among the top five in this year’s Harris Poll RQ list, Publix has also been on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for the past 19 years. Senior Fortune Editor, Christopher Tkaczyk worked undercover for five days at Publix to find out why this supermarket that operates in only six states in the South East has such an attractive work environment. Employees told Tkaczyk how much they “love” working at Publix and associates brought “joy and enthusiasm” to the stores, which they partly own through stock shares. Publix also covers half or the entire tuition of employees seeking to advance their education.
“Cashiers and truck drivers can retire as millionaires if they have enough stock and have been working on the job long enough,” Tkaczyk said.